The conference is devoted to the Greek language and linguistics, another scientific area that has been indelibly marked by the ancient Greeks. It will look at the immense significance of Greek – a European language with the longest written tradition – for modern philology and linguistics and explore different aspects of its study including current psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic perspectives.
The event will conclude with the screening of Last Words (2014), a film about the discovery of Cappadocian language that had been assumed extinct. Spoken in Cappadocia until the First World War, the dialect was gradually dying away. It was not until recently that Prof. Dr. Mark Janse discovered speakers of the Cappadocian language and started to study their language and culture.
A Round Table discussion entitled “Greek Language and Grammatical Gender” is also planned. It will address the complex and relevant issue of grammatical gender. Ancient Greek Sophist Protagoras (481–411 BC) was the first to use the terms masculine and feminine (grammatical) gender.
The conference is organised by Cankarjev dom in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts, (Departments of Classical Philology and Department of Comparative and General Linguistics, University of Ljubljana).
Speakers: Prof. Dr. Mark Janse (University of Gent & Harvard University), Prof. Dr. Geoffrey Horrocks (University of Cambridge), Prof. Dr. Brian D. Joseph (Ohio State University), Prof. Dr. Spyridoula Varlοkosta (University of Athens) and other linguists from Slovenia and abroad.