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Graphemics in the 21st century—From graphemes to knowledge

/gʁafematik/ 2018 is the first conference bringing together disciplines concerned with writing systems and their representation in written communication. The conference aims to reflect on the current state of research in the area, and on the role that writing and writing systems play in neighboring disciplines like computer science and information technology, communication, typography, psychology, and pedagogy. In particular it aims to study the effect of the growing importance of Unicode with regard to the future of reading and writing in human societies. Reflecting the richness of perspectives on writing systems, /gʁafematik/ is actively interdisciplinary, and welcomes proposals from  researchers from the fields of computer science and information technology, linguistics, communication, pedagogy, psychology, history, and the social sciences. 
/gʁafematik/ aims to create a space for the discussion of the range of approaches to writing systems, and specifically to bridge approaches in linguistics, informatics, and other fields. It will provide a forum for explorations in terminology, methodology, and theoretical approaches relating to the delineation of an emerging interdisciplinary area of research that intersects with intense activity in practical implementations of writing systems.

The conference will be held at Pôle numérique Brest Iroise at Brest, France, on June 14-15, 2018.

Conference program

  • DAY ONE: JUNE 14, 2018
  • KEYNOTE: Florian Coulmas. The Best Writing System of the World
  • Marc Wilhelm Küster. Open and Closed Writing Systems—Some Reflections
  • Yifan Wang. “Latin Script” Revisited: Issues on Identification of a Script
  • Martin Raymond. ScriptSource: Documenting the Writing Systems of the World
  • David Březina. Character Similarity and Coherence in Typeface Design
  • Joseph Dichy and Yannis Haralambous. Inclusive Writing
  • Kamal Mansour. On the Origins of Arabic Script
  • Joseph Dichy. The Writing System of Arabic: An Analytic Approach
  • Kavya Manohar and Santhosh Thottingal. Malayalam Orthographic Reforms: Impact on Language and Popular Culture
  • Tereza Slaměníková. On the Nature of Unmotivated Constituents in Modern Chinese Characters
  • Keisuke Honda. What Do Kanji Graphs Represent in the Japanese Writing System? An Examination of the Morphographic and Morphophonic Theories of Kanji Writing
  • Cornelia Schindelin. The Li-Variation: When the Ancient Chinese Writing changed to Modern Chinese Script
  • DAY TWO: JUNE 15, 2018
  • KEYNOTE: Christa Dürscheid. Image, Writing, Unicode
  • Yannis Haralambous. A Roadmap to Graphemics
  • Martin J. Dürst. Are There Any Limits to Text Encoding?
  • Vlad Atanasiu. Ugraphia: The Utopia of an Perfectly Legible Script
  • Martin Evertz. The History of the Graphematic Foot in English and German
  • Patricia Thaine and Gerald Penn. Vowel and Consonant Classification Through Spectral Decomposition
  • Nicolas Ballier, Erin Pacquetet and Taylor Arnold. Investigating Keylogs as Time-Stamped Graphemes
  • Sveva Elti di Rodeano. Digraphia: The Story of a Sociolinguistic Typology
  • Ray Stegeman. Graphemic Choices in Writing Papua New Guinean Languages Through the Years
  • David Roberts, Valentin Vydrin and Dana Basnight-Brown. Marking Tone With Punctuation: An Orthography Experiment in Eastern Dan (Côte d'Ivoire)

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