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Martin Burr Travel Bursary winners 2018

28 June 2019

Congratulations to Beijia Chen (Freie Universität Berlin) and Mariarosaria Zinzi (Università degli Studi di Firenze), the winners of the 2018 Martin Burr Travel Bursary to the annual colloquium of the Henry Sweet Society in Edinburgh. Read more

The Poor Man of Nippur – World’s first film in Babylonian

6 December 2018

“The Poor Man of Nippur” is a c. 3,000 year-old comic folk tale in Babylonian language. The main manuscript is a clay tablet from 701 BC found at the site of Sultantepe, in South-East Turkey. Recounted by a third-party narrator, it tells the story of the three-fold revenge which Gimil-Ninurta wreaks on the local Mayor Read more

Vivien Law Prize 2018 winners

22 November 2018

It is with great pleasure that we announce the joint winners of the 2018 Vivien Law Prize: Ji Ma (University of Sheffield) for his essay “Medical Metaphor, Body Politic and John Hart’s Conceptualization of Orthographic Reform”. Raf Van Rooy (KU Leuven) for his essay “From Koine to Standard: the Early Modern Making of a Key Read more

CfP: Panel on Unusual Grammars

19 November 2018

I am hoping to organize a panel at the Henry Sweet Society Colloquium 2019 on grammars that are based on models that are or might seem unusual, at least from our modern vantage point. An example might be John Palsgrave’s Lesclarcissement de la langue francoyse (1530), modeled on Theodore Gaza’s Greek grammar, on which I Read more