The 20th Congress of IOSOT 1 - 6 August, 2010


Ms. Jutta Jokiranta, DTh
Congress Secretary
P.O. Box 4
FI−00014 University of Helsinki
E-mail: iosot-2010 AT
phone: +358 9 191 24348

The International Syriac Language Project (ISLP)


The International Syriac Language Project (ISLP) is laying the foundations for a new kind of comprehensive Syriac-English lexicon that will proceed on a corpus-by-corpus basis. Three volumes of peer-reviewed research articles have already been published in the series Foundations for Syriac Lexicography (Gorgias Press), and two more are being edited.

Programme of ISLP

Monday 2 Aug, Session One (9:3010:45), Porthania P673

Chair: James Aitken, Cambridge University
Papers on Michael Sokoloff’s Recent Syriac Lexicon

An appraisal and critical assessment of Michael Sokoloff's recently published A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum (Gorgias Press & Eisenbrauns), 2009, by three well known Syriac lexicographers, with a response by the translator-reviser followed by with a thirty-minute discussion.

Alison Salvesen (9:309:45)

Takamitsu Muraoka (9:4510:00)

Michael Sokoloff
(10:0010:15): Translator’s Response

Discussion (10:1510:45)

Coffee Break (11:0011:30)

Monday 2 Aug, Session Two (14:3017:35),
Porthania P722

Chair: Wido van Peursen, Leiden University

Marie-Louise Craig
(14:3015:00): Take one Hebrew lexicon, add fresh theology and mix well: The impact of Hutchinson's theology on Hebrew-English lexicography

Reinier de Blois (15:0015:30): Where Semantics and Syntax Intersect: the story of שׁלח

Discussion (15:3015:50)

Coffee Break (15:5016:15)

Timothy Lewis (16:1516:45): Generic or Contextual Meanings? A Critical Comparison of Some Low-Frequency Greek and Syriac Lexemes in the New Testament

Edgar Kellenberger (16:4517:15): Die Pluriformität der syrischen Fassungen von “Susanna im Bade” als Frage nach dem Charakter des Überlieferungsprozesse

Discussion (17:1517:35)

Tuesday 3 Aug, Session Three (9:3012:50), Porthania P673

Chair: Richard A. Taylor, Dallas Theological Seminary

Jonathan Loopstra
(9:3010:00): An Index to the Biblical Sample Texts in the Eastern ‘Syriac Masora’: Some Conclusions

Daniel King (10:0010:30): The Genesis and Growth of a Philosophical Lexicon in Syriac

Discussion (10:3010:50)

Coffee Break (11:0011:30)

Marketta Liljeström (11:3012:00): Observations on the Mode of Translation in the Syrohexapla

Steven Shaw (12:0012:30): Challenges of Including Valence in Syriac Lexical Entries

Discussion (12:3012:50)

Tuesday 3 Aug, Session Four (14:3017:10),
Porthania P722

Chair: Alison Salvesen, Oxford University

Andreas Juckel (14:3015:00): The Old Syriac Versions in a Future Lexicon of the Peshitta New Testament

Terry Falla (15:0015:30): A Pair of Papers I: The Way Our Hearts Burn: Poetics in the Syriac New Testament

Discussion (15:3015:50)

Coffee Break (16:0016:30)

Beryl Turner (16:30-17:00): Poetics and Particles in Syriac Lexicography

Discussion (17:0017:10)

Wednesday 4 Aug, Session Five (9:3012:50), Porthania P673

Chair: Janet Dyk, Vrije University

Craig E. Morrison (9:3010:00): The Function of the hwā qātel/qĕtīl Construction in the Old Testament Peshitta

Richard A. Taylor (10:0010:30): The Inclusion of Encyclopedic Information in Syriac Lexical Entries, Illustrated from the Peshitta of Daniel

Discussion (10:3010:50)

Coffee Break (11:0011:30)

Wido van Peursen (11:3012:00): Vocabulary Analysis and Text Comparison of the Two Syriac Versions of the Prayer of Manasseh

Terry Falla (12:0012:30): A Pair of Papers II: Poetic Presences Seeking a Place in Syriac Lexicography

Discussion (12:3012:50)

Wednesday 4 Aug, Session Six (14:3015:30), Porthania P673


Thursday 5 Aug, Session Seven (11:0012:00),
Main Building Aud IV

ISLP Members Discussion & Evaluation of ISLP Recommendations for A Conceptual Framework for a New Comprehensive Syriac-English Lexicon

Terry Falla will send you two lots of information to bring with you to Helsinki:

1. A list of the decisions we have already made.

2. Recommendations for discussion, with reference to the articles, on which they are based, published in our Foundations for Syriac Lexicography series.

If you have any queries or doubts about the recommendation, which some of you will surely have, please read/re-read the articles concerned so we can at least begin the debate. We do not need to feel pushed or the pressure to arrive at a consensus at this meeting regarding every recommendation. It is more important that we move as close as possible to a consensus on each matter. If some need to be re-visited at a subsequent annual meeting that is fine.

If you cannot be with us at Helsinki, please don’t hesitate to send Terry (and the rest of us if you would like to) any thoughts you may have on the recommendations Terry will soon send.