Scribal corrections, language variation and language change in Greek documentary papyri from Egypt (300 BCE – 800 CE)

01 October 2016 → Ongoing
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • History
    • Language studies
    • Linguistics
    • Literary studies
    • Theory and methodology of linguistics
    • Other languages and literary studies
papyrology Ancient Greek Greek linguistics
Project description

Greek documentary papyri from Egypt provide an important source for the study of language change in post-Classical Greek. These papyri contain a special type of information which has not been studied before: corrections made by ancient scribes. This project aims to study these scribal ‘errors’ and their corrections. What were the norms that these writers were trying to follow?