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[Collected Volume CFP] Modern and ancient languages: Differences and similarities in studying verbal semantics

In December 2020, a group of scholars in verbal semantics of different
modern and ancient languages met to share information about research
methods and techniques. We recorded the results in videos on the Red
Iberoamericana de Investigadores en Próximo Oriente Antiguo (RIIPOA)
website, available here:

This collective volume’s general idea is to showcase differences and
common points when approaching verbal semantics (valency and
Aktionsart) depending on whether the studied language is modern or
ancient. The aim is to learn from the practice of colleagues that
specialise in languages with very particular study features,
independently from the theoretical approach adopted. In doing so, we
expect that the reflections will concentrate on methodological,
technical and practical issues, intimately related to the material
under study, including but not restricted to:

corpus analysis (variability, text mining)
support – text – writing system – language interaction
informants’ reliability
philology – linguistics interaction
literacy – orality interaction

These questions raise reflections on the theoretical level about
language and linguistics, which can be of deep and long interest such
as the separation between graphemics and linguistics, or the
traditionally predominant role of orality in linguistics. Independent
of the particular contributors’ research on the language(s) they work
on, this volume intends to deepen the methodological perspective: the
intellectual and material resources, procedures and techniques
involved in collecting verbal semantics information.

This approach may significantly enrich our discussion on the several
problems we face in studying languages whether for being modern or
ancients, accessing the sources of information or the cultural
distance, being this spatial or temporal.

Call for papers

We will submit the volume for acceptance to the series Estudios
Orientales – Monografías RIIPOA, to be open-access published on, presumably by the end of 2021. The series Estudios
Orientales – Monografías RIIPOA assures its scientific quality at the
highest standards through a prestigious external reading board and
double-blind peer-reviewing of the manuscripts.

The table of contents of the volume is so far:

Maria Agustina Morando (Universidad Católica Argentina): Alcances y
posibilidades del método etnográfico: reflexiones a partir del guaraní

Márcia Cançado & Luana Amaral (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais):
Verboweb: Syntactic-semantic classification of Brazilian Portuguese

José Virgilio García Trabazo (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela):
Categorías gramaticales y semántica verbal en hitita y otras lenguas

Carlos Gracia Zamacona (Universidad de Alcalá): Algunas reflexiones
sobre cómo estudiar una lengua antigua: el caso de la semántica verbal
del antiguo egipcio

To broaden the languages under study and the methodological and
theoretical approaches, we will accept contributions on the topics and
research lines mentioned above. Contributions on languages not covered
in the temporary table of contents will be especially appreciated. We
welcome papers in Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, Italian and

If interested, please send an abstract up to 300 words (bibliography
excluded) by the 10th of March 2021 to the volume’s editor, Carlos
Gracia Zamacona ( The selection result of
abstracts will be announced on the 31st of March 2021.

The selected authors will be invited to submit their contributions by
the 31st of July 2021.

Any questions, please write to the volume’s editor.

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