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






Dates and Venue


When: Tuesday 23 October through Thursday 25 October

Where: Conference Hall "Ignazio Ambrogio", Department of Comparative Literature - Roma Tre University - Via Ostiense 236 - 00146 Roma


Call for paper (closed)




Tuesday 23 October

14.00 - 14.30 Greetings and Introduction
  Otello Lottini, Director of the Department of Comparative Literature, Roma Tre University
  Giuliano Lancioni, Roma Tre University
  Gabriel M. Rosenbaum, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


SESSION I: Language Levels and Genres

14.30 - 15.00 Yaacov Choueka (Bar-Ilan University and The Friedberg Genizah Project)
  A Computerized Corpus of Middle-Ages Judeo-Arabic
15.00 - 15.30 Alexander Borg (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
  Andalusī Arabic and Maltese: a special chapter in the history of Western Arabic
15.30 - 16.00 Raoul Villano (Sapienza University of Rome)
  A Written Recitation? Part II: al-ziyāda between Orality and Scripture
16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 - 17.00 Eleonora Di Vincenzo & Francesca Romana Romani (Roma Tre University)
  Writing Arabic Scientific Texts: Linguistic Variation in the Fields of Medicine
and Botany
17.00 - 17.30 Giuseppe Cecere (IFAO, Cairo)
  The Letter and the Spirit. Evolutions in Sufi language  in Contemporary Egypt
17.30 - 18.00 Ori Shachmon (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  Diglossia at Bed-time: Colloquial and Standard Arabic in Palestinian Children’s Literature
18.00 - 18.30 Arie Schippers (University of Amsterdam)
  Strophic poetry in Andalusi vernacular: reflections on Ibn Quzmān's poem no. 90



Wednesday 24 October


SESSION II: Computer Analysis, Models, Databases


09.30 - 10.00 Marco Boella (Sapienza University of Rome)
  From texts to corpora: mixed computational strategies to build and organize an Arabic-English parallel corpus of Hadīṯs
10.00 - 10.30 Giuliano Lancioni (Roma Tre University)
  (More or less) Merrily Representing Meaning and Translating between "real" Arabic and English
10.30 - 11.00 Yaacov Choueka (Bar-Ilan University and The Friedberg Genizah Project)
  From the Alleys of Cairo to the Internet Highways: Computer Technologies Meet 1,000-year Manuscripts
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 12.00 Gabriel M. Rosenbaum (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  Problems and Decisions in the Making of a Dictionary of Colloquial Written Arabic
12.00 - 12.30 Ivan Panović (University of Oxford)
  Can there be Arabic "without adjectives"? - in search of a language in the era of "languaging"
12.30 - 13.00 Ilaria Cicola (Sapienza University of Rome)
  Analysis of Arabic Alchemic Texts




13.00 - 14.30 Lunchtime



SESSION III: Linguistic issues


14.30 - 15.00 Michal Marmorstein (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  Forms in Context: The Syntactic Distribution of Verbal Forms in Classical Arabic Prose
15.00 - 15.30 Leila Benassi (Sapienza University of Rome)
  A collection of linguistic remarks in late Middle Arabic documents from the Historical Archives of Propaganda Fide
15.30 - 16.00 Giuliano Lancioni (Roma Tre University) & Marco Boella (Sapienza University of Rome)
  A Model for Arabic Idiom Extraction and Analysis
16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 - 17.00 Olivier Durand (Sapienza University of Rome)
  "Qifaa nabki". Où est l'"arabe sans adjectifs"?
17.00 - 17.30 Cristina Solimando (Roma Tre University)
  Néologismes entre conservation et innovation
17.30 - 18.00 Francesco Grande (Ca' Foscari University of Venice and University of Bologna)
  Textual Analysis and Paradigmatic Axis: A Case-Study in Koranic lāta
18.00 - 18.30 Giuliano Mion (University of Chieti-Pescara)
  La terminologie de la phonétique en Arabe Standard Moderne


19.30 -  Social dinner



Thursday 25 October


9.30 - 10.15    Short presentations of ongoing thesis projects
Mariantonietta Garibaldi (Roma Tre University)

Valeria Pettinari (Roma Tre University)

Marta Campanelli (Sapienza University of Rome)

BUSINESS MEETING: Presenting a European project

10.15 - 11.00    How to present a project

Alessandro Albino Frezza (European Project Bureau and Industrial Liaison Office, Roma Tre University)

11.00 - 11.30    Coffee Break

11.30 - 12.15    Question and answer session

12.15 - 13.00    How to go on



For further information please contact:

Giuliano Lancioni
Department of Linguistics
Roma Tre University
Address: via Ostiense, 234 - 00146, Roma
Phone: ++39 06 57338345
Fax: ++39 06 57338344
E-mail: lancioni@uniroma3.it

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