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Grapholinguistics in the 21st century—From graphemes to knowledge, Paris, June 17-19, 2020

Grapholinguistics in the 21st Century is a biennial conference bringing together disciplines concerned with grapholinguistics and more generally the study writing systems and their representation in written communication.
What Linguistics, Reading, Research, Type technology, Typography, Writing systems
When Jun 17, 2020 12:00 AM to Jun 19, 2020 12:00 AM


Second CALL FOR PAPERSG21C Grapholinguistics in the 21st century—From graphemes to knowledge
June 17-18-19, 2020
Paris, France
Contact: Yannis Haralambous   or


Grapholinguistics in the 21st Century is a biennial conference
bringing together disciplines concerned with grapholinguistics and more
generally the study 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,
G21C 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.

G21C 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 first edition of G21C was held in Brest, France, on June 14-15,
2018. All presentations have been recorded and can be watched on
Keynote speakers
Jessica Coon, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, McGill University, Montréal, Canada:
“The Linguistics of Arrival: What an alien writing system can teach us about human language”

Martin Neef, Professor, Institut für Germanistik, TU Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany:
“What is it that ends with a full stop?”

Main topics of interest
We welcome original proposals from all disciplines concerned with the study of written language, writing systems, and their implementation in information systems. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to:

Epistemology of grapholinguistics: history, onomastics, topics, interaction with other disciplines
Foundations of grapholinguistics, graphemics and graphetics
History and typology of writing systems, comparative graphemics/graphetics
Semiotics of writing and of writing systems
Computational/formal graphemics/graphetics
Grapholinguistic theory of Unicode encoding
Orthographic reforms, theory and practice
Graphemics/graphetics and multiliteracy
Writing and Art / Writing in Art
Typographemics, typographetics
Texting, latinization, new forms of written language
ASCII art, emoticons and other pictorial uses of graphemes
The future of writing, of writing systems and styles
Graphemics/graphetics and font technologies
Graphemics/graphetics in steganography and computer security (phishing, typosquatting, etc.)
Graphemics/graphetics in art, media and communication / Aesthetics of writing in the digital era
Graphemics/graphetics in experimental psychology and cognitive sciences
Teaching graphemics/graphetics, the five Ws and one H
Grapholinguistic applications in natural language processing and text mining
Grapholinguistic applications in optical character recognition and information technologies
Program committee
Gabriel Altmann, formerly at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Jannis Androutsopoulos, Universität Hamburg, Germany
Vlad Atanasiu, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
Kristian Berg, Universität Oldenburg, Germany
Peter Bilak, Typothèque, The Hague, The Netherlands
Florian Coulmas, Universität Duisburg, Germany
Jacques David, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France
Mark Davis, Unicode Consortium & Google Inc., Switzerland
Joseph Dichy, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France
Christa Dürscheid, Universität Zürich, Switzerland
Martin Dürst, Aoyama Gakuin University & W3C, Sagamihara, Japan
Caroline Fontaine, IMT Atlantique & CNRS Lab-STICC, Brest, France
Claude Gruaz, formerly at CNRS, Rouen, France
Yannis Haralambous, IMT Atlantique & CNRS Lab-STICC, Brest, France
Keisuke Honda, Imperial College London and University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Shu-Kai Hsieh, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Dejan Ivković, York University, Toronto, Canada
Jean-Pierre Jaffré, formerly at Université Paris 5, France
Terry Joyce, Tama University, Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan
George Kiraz, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
Marc W. Küster, Office de traduction de l'Union européenne, Luxembourg
Gerry Leonidas, University of Reading, United Kingdom
Kamal Mansour, Monotype Imaging, Los Altos, California, USA
Klimis Mastoridis, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Dimitrios Meletis, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria
Tomi S. Melka, formerly at Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois, USA
James Myers, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
Panchanan Mohanty, University of Hyderabad, India
Lisa Moore, Unicode Consortium, USA
Shigeki Moro, Hanazono University, Kyoto, Japan
J.R. Osborn, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA
Jean-Christophe Pellat, Université de Strasbourg, France
Miquel Peyró, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
Claude Puech, Université de la Sorbonne nouvelle, Paris, France
François Rastier, formerly at CNRS, Paris, France
Cornelia Schindelin, Universität Mainz, Germany
Virach Sornlertlamvanich, SIIT, Thammasat University, Phatum Thani, Thailand
Jürgen Spitzmüller, Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Susanne Wehde, MRC Managing Research GmbH, München, Germany
Kenneth Whistler, Unicode Consortium, Berkeley, California, USA
*Important dates*
* Submission deadline: January 13, 2020
* Notification of acceptance: March 30, 2020
* Conference: June 17-19, 2020
We invite you to submit original contributions in the form of extended
abstracts (not exceeding 1,000 words), written in English and
anonymized. All submissions will be peer-reviewed on the basis of
relevance, originality, importance and clarity.
To submit please use the EasyChair site:

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The Proceedings of the 2018 Edition of the conference have been published
by Fluxus Editions:

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