Written Arabic, Writing Arabic: Corpora and Lexica (WAWA_CorLex)







Dear Colleagues,


We are very pleased to invite you to contribute to the International Colloquium Written Arabic, Writing Arabic: Corpora and Lexica (WAWA_CorLex), which will be held from 23 to 25 October 2012 at Roma Tre University, Rome. The Colloquium is a joint international project co-organized by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Roma Tre University and La Sapienza University of Rome.


Following the International Workshop Towards a Thesaurus Linguae Arabicae (Roma Tre, 11-13 October 2011 - Roma Tre University, Rome) and the First International Conference on Written Arabic and Writing Arabic (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 19-21 June 2012), WAWA_CorLex aims to bring together scholars interested in the perspective of building a large network of corpora and lexica of Arabic, including texts and lexical material from different periods and different varieties of Arabic.


The new framework proposed aims to treat Arabic texts and lexica by an interdisciplinary approach that aims to study and deal with Arabic “without adjectives”: the goal is to treat Arabic as a single, multilayered language and to build lexical tools and resources that allow scholars to search for Arabic linguistic and textual data beyond traditional diachronic, diatopic and diastratic distinctions.


Papers about any aspect of the creation, development, or maintenance of Arabic lexica and corpora, including theoretical and applicative issues on Arabic linguistics, dialectology, textual analysis, are welcome. Presentation of ongoing projects as well as final results of a research project are welcome. PhD students and young researchers are warmly invited to contribute. Colleagues who wish to give a paper are requested to send a tentative title and an abstract (250 words), no later than 25 September 2012, to: lancioni@uniroma3.it. Papers may be given in English, French or Arabic and are allotted 20 min. followed by 10 min. discussion.


A final list of contributors, abstracts and the general schedule will be published on the conference website (host.uniroma3.it/docenti/lancioni/WAWA_CorLex) by 5 October 2012. All information on transportation and accommodation will also be found there.



Prof. Giuliano Lancioni

Prof. Olivier Durand

Prof. Gabriel M. Rosenbaum

Dr. Cristina Solimando

Mrs. Michal Marmorstein

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