Call for Papers: G21C Grapholinguistics in the 21st century, Paris June 2020

Martin J. Dürst via Unicode unicode at
Mon Jan 6 02:36:51 CST 2020

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this list very rarely sees calls for papers, but this one should 
definitely be of interest at least to a subset of people on this list 
(mostly those with academic/theoretic inclinations). The submission 
deadline is very close (January 13), but I have heard there may be an 

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G21C Grapholinguistics in the 21st century—From graphemes to knowledge


June 17-18-19, 2020

Paris, France

Contact: Yannis Haralambous

grafematik2020 at   or   grafematik2020 at


G21C (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

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

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:

For more information on the conference please visit

and follow

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

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