Thursday, July 12, 2018

Australian Aboriginal Place Names Project


The Place Names Project aims to involve language communities in the renaming processes in their regions. To achieve this goal, First Languages Australia will be working at two levels.

Firstly, it will support the work that Aboriginal communities and Torres Strait Islander communities are doing in documenting and publishing place names and associated information. First Languages Australia will invite language communities to identify the place names they would like recognised and submit them to a national map. Developing and maintaining the map will be an ongoing project to be promoted as a reference tool for local councils, schools, parks and wildlife, and tourism ventures. The map will specify the preferred geographical name/s and identify a community point of contact for the appropriate use of that name in the region.
Secondly, First Languages Australia will work with the Permanent Committee on Place Names and other relevant agencies to promote the appropriate use of Aboriginal place names and Torres Strait Islander place names throughout Australia. Where possible, the meanings of these place names will be included on signage.
Support from local agencies and cultural involvement from communities is crucial to the outcome. This will include developing a set of guidelines with local government agencies and federal and state tourism authorities regarding:
  • the inclusion of traditional place names information in shire and tourism publications
  • providing support to local place name committees responsible for defining meanings of current place names and recommending changes and additions
  • changes to signage to reflect the new information
  • encouragement for the use of this material on roadside information boards, and historical markers, where appropriate
  • consideration of local Aboriginal organisations and Torres Strait Islander organisations as contractors for the design, construction, and erection of new signage and changes to old signs
  • exploratory place names projects designed and distributed to schools to encourage young Australians to see place names as an exciting and unique part of their identity
  • employment of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the project.
As the naming and renaming of significant places increases, there will be an increasing need for the local cultural knowledge of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people. This will lead to further employment opportunities in industries such as tourism, local government, and state government departments such as Lands, Main Roads, Fisheries, Parks and Wildlife.
"Over 60% of Australian place names are of Aboriginal origin but the meanings of very few are known to the public. Australians seem uninterested in this part of their heritage but overseas tourists always put Aboriginal cultural engagement in the top two of their travel wish lists."  Bruce Pascoe
 Download the Place Names Project here: Australian_Place_Names_Project.pdf

Conférence sur la toponymie des hameaux de Peyremale



15-16 septembre 2018

Samedi 15 septembre à 18:00, la Conférence sur la toponymie des hameaux de Peyremale Conférence de Pierre Mazodier sur la toponymie des hameaux de Peyremale aura lieu à la salle communale.

Monday, July 9, 2018

NOMEN recherche un(e) assistant(e) chef de projets août/septembre 2018

, agence de communication spécialisée dans la création de noms de marques, recherche un(e) assistant(e) chef de projets en pour un an à partir d’août/septembre 2018.

Acto de presentación del libro Toponimia y Territorio en Coca

Research Fellow at the Institute for Name-Studies


Research Fellow - Institute for Name-Studies (fixed-term, part-time)

Closing Date
Friday, 20th July 2018
Job Type
£29799 to £38833 per annum pro-rata depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Applications are invited for the above post in the School of English.  The successful applicant will work under the direction of Dr Jayne Carroll with her and with other colleagues to support research impact activity within the Institute for Name-Studies and contribute to research and publication on the place-names of Shropshire and Staffordshire. He or she will also support grant-writing to fund further research in this area.

Candidates must have a successfully completed PhD in onomastics, English or another language, history, linguistics, archaeology, historical geography or other appropriate subject.  Candidates should also have proven research skills in onomastics or a closely related historical discipline and skills in medieval and early modern palaeography.
Further information about the School is available at:
Further information about the Institute for Name-Studies is available at
This part time post, 18 hours per week, will be offered on a fixed term contract from 01 August 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter) to 31 July 2019.

Selection Process
The interview process will include a presentation of research and a formal interview.
The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.The University strongly endorses Athena SWAN principles, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in furthering gender equality. It is our mission to ensure equal opportunity, best working practices and fair policies for all.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Jayne Carroll ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Zomrel jazykovedec Milan Majtán


Majtán pracoval hlavne v oblasti výskumu dejín slovenského jazyka a dialektológie.

BRATISLAVA. Významný slovenský jazykovedec, nestor systematického výskumu vlastných mien na Slovensku a dlhoročný pracovník Jazykovedného ústavu Ľ. Štúra Slovenskej akadémie vied (SAV) PhDr. Milan Majtán, DrSc. (nar. 3. 5. 1934 vo Vrútkach), zomrel 30. júna v Bratislave vo veku 84 rokov.

TASR o tom informoval predseda Slovenskej onomastickej komisie pri Jazykovednom ústave Ľudovíta Štúra SAV a vedúci Katedry slovenského jazyka a literatúry na Trnavskej univerzite Juraj Hladký.
Milan Majtán pracoval hlavne v oblasti onomastiky, výskumu dejín slovenského jazyka a dialektológie.
Verejnosť ho pozná najmä vďaka publikáciám o vlastných menách Vyberte si meno pre vaše dieťa, Názvy obcí na Slovensku - Vývin v rokoch 1773 - 1997 a popularizačnej publikácii Slovenské priezviská.
Bol vedeckým redaktorom Historického slovníka slovenského jazyka, spoluautorom ďalších vedeckých publikácií o názvoch riek (Hydronymia povodia Oravy, Hydronymia povodia Ipľa) a desiatok odborných článkov o vlastných menách.
Rozlúčka s Milanom Majtánom sa uskutočnila 4. júla v úzkom kruhu rodiny v Bratislave.

Vážené kolegyne, vážení kolegovia, milí priatelia,

dnes sme dostali správu, ktorá nás hlboko zasiahla.  V pondelok 30. 6. nás navždy opustil významný jazykovedec, dlhoročný kolega a vzácny priateľ, PhDr. Milan Majtán, DrSc. Posledná rozlúčka so zosnulým sa konala v úzkom rodinnom kruhu. 

Túto smutnú správu Vám posielame s presvedčením, že sa spolu s nami, pracovníkmi JÚĽŠ SAV, pristavíte na chvíľu pri spomienke na Milana Majtána, človeka s výnimočným vedeckým i ľudským rozmerom.

S úctou,

Gabriela Múcsková

Jazykovedný ústav Ľ. Štúra SAV

Friday, July 6, 2018

Call for Papers: Personal names and cultural reconstructions (Finland, 2019)


Date: 21–23 August 2019
Place: University of Helsinki, Finland

Host: University of Helsinki and the research project: Personal name systems in Finnic and beyond: Reconstructing the concepts of name giving in cultural layers of prehistory (funded by The Academy of Finland)
Deadline: 15 December 2018

We invite paper and poster proposals for this international conference, which will take place 21–23 August 2019 at the University of Helsinki. Papers of the conference should address anthroponymic systems and cultural reconstructions, broadly speaking, and contributions to various names and naming systems in different languages and cultures are welcome. Especially papers with a specific emphasis on reconstructing the historical strata and cultural contacts reflected in personal names are encouraged.

This conference creates and facilitates new research openings and cooperation in the interdisciplinary field of anthroponymic systems by bringing together scholars from different countries and universities worldwide to discuss and debate a range of topics.
The theme of the conference draws increased international attention: the issues of personal names in various historical and cultural settings are increasingly addressed by researchers in linguistics, onomastics, history, ethnology and other disciplines.

Keynote speakers:
- Ellen Bramwell, University of Glasgow
- Frog, University of Helsinki
- Aleksandar Loma, University of Belgrade and Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Guidelines for ses­sions
- Paper sessions
A paper session consists of presentations where each participant presents preferably about 15-20 minutes, which is followed by a 10-minute general discussion. Every paper session has a chairperson who is initiating a discussion and posing questions about the presentation.
- Poster sessions
During poster sessions each presenter will be given 5 minutes to present his/her poster. Afterwards, the delegates can walk around, ask questions or start an in-depth discussion with the presenters. The posters will be spread all over the hallway.

How to sub­mit a pro­posal: Open the e-form and follow the guidelines.

The deadline for submitting paper, panel, and roundtable proposals is 15 December 2018.
Notification of acceptance for paper, panel, and roundtable proposals will be sent by email by 15 February 2019. The abstracts of accepted papers and/or posters will be published on the conference website.

For more information:

Organisation committee: Terhi Ainiala, Denis Kuzmin, Jaakko Raunamaa, Janne Saarikivi and Johanna Virkkula.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Research Associate for the project ‘The Place-Names of the Galloway Glens’


Research Associate

University of Glasgow - School of Humanities

Job PurposeTo make a (leading) contribution to the project: ‘The Place-Names of the Galloway Glens’ working with Prof. Thomas Clancy and Dr Simon Taylor. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in the areas of Scottish place-names, and place-name survey. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help to successfully deliver this project as opportunities allow.
Standard Terms & ConditionsSalary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £34,520 - £38,833 pro rata per annum.
This position is part time at 17.5 hours per week and has funding until 31 May 2019.
New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.
The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.
All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.
It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.
We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.
The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Cameron Lecture 2017 "Highways and byways to the English Place-Name Society"

2017’s lecture, on Friday 1st December, was delivered by Prof. Gillian Fellows-Jensen of the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen. The lecture, 'Highways and byways to the English Place-Name Society through more than fifty years', can be viewed below.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Voprosy onomastiki (Problems of Onomastics) Vol. 15/2 (2018)


Dear colleagues,

The editorial board of the journal Voprosy onomastiki (Problems of Onomastics) is pleased to inform you of the publication of Vol. 15 (2018), Issue 2.

2018, Volume 15, Issue 2

Issues in Applied Onomastics
Book Reviews

Friday, June 29, 2018

Causerie-conférence "La toponymie autour de l'eau"


Léguer en fête - Découverte : 

La toponymie autour de l'eau - Causerie-conférence à Plouaret

  • Le vendredi 24 août 2018 
  • À partir de 20:30

Maison du patrimoine
Rue Louis Prigent
22420 Plouaret
Jean-Yves Le Moing

Jean-Yves Le Moing poursuit ses recherches et nous propose une nouvelle découverte. L'histoire des noms de lieux nous parlera des usages des eaux de la vallée du Léguer.

Научный сборник "Актуальные проблемы топонимики" 2018


В Русском географическом обществе торжественное и радостное событие: профессор А.В.Барандеев с признательностью вручает академику В.М.Котлякову только что вышедший научный сборник «Актуальные проблемы топонимики» из легендарной серии «Вопросы географии», приуроченный к знаковым для русской географической школы юбилейным датам - 100-летию Института географии Российской академии наук и 60-летию Топонимической комиссии Московского городского отделения Русского географического общества.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Save the date "Names in the Economy VI" (2019)


Names in the Economy VI
International conference, Uppsala 3–5 June 2019
The Economy in Names: Values, Branding and Globalization
Save the date
After the five successful NiTE conferences in Antwerp, Vienna, Amsterdam, Turku and Verona, we are now pleased to announce that the Institute for Language and Folklore, together with the Department of Scandinavian Languages at Uppsala University will host the Sixth International conference on Names in the Economy in Uppsala, Sweden, on 3–5 June 2019.
The focus on this conference will be the economy or the economic aspects that are hidden or evident in various types of names; how names can hold different values and how names can be used or mis-used to create values, how names are used in branding and how names can be means in a global world. We hope to attract scholars from a wide range of disciplines concerning names in these aspects.
Please save the date, 3-5 June, 2019. A more formal invitation, a first call for papers and further information will be circulated in September. All information will thereafter be available at Until then, please contact if you have any questions.
We hope to see you in Uppsala next year!
The Organizing Committee: Katharina Leibring, Staffan Nyström, Josefin Devine, Leila Mattfolk, Kristina Neumüller, Elin Pihl

Sommaires des Nr. 59 (2017) et 60 (2018) de la NRO sont en ligne


Les sommaires des numéros 59 (2017) et 60 (2018) de la NRO sont en ligne. Ils peuvent être consultés dans la rubrique Publications >> N.R.O.│Sommaires >>>
Ces deux numéros peuvent être commandés au prix de 50 € l'exemplaire pour les membres de la SFO et 62,50 € pour les particuliers non membres.
Voir la page Ventes pour télécharger le bon de commande et pour consulter la liste des anciens numéros disponibles.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Топонимику предложили ввести в школах и вузах Казахстана


Предмет топонимика предложили ввести в школах и вузах РК

Вопросы ономастики в последнее время в Костанае стали весьма актуальны. Только в прошлом году поступило 85 предложений о переименовании. В итоге новые названия получили три села, три сельских округа и 20 улиц.
В текущем году есть вероятность переименования Глазуновского сельского округа, села Глазуновка и четырех улиц в этом населенном пункте. Улицы Карабалыкского и Федеровского районов и города Лисаковска также ждут изменения. А Тарановскому району предложено присвоить имя одного из основоположников казахской советской литературы Беимбета Майлина.
Вопросы ономастики собрал за круглым столом в Костанае не только местных профессоров вузов, выдающихся деятелей, но и представителей других регионов страны. В ходе бурных баталий доцент Назарбаев Университета Жазира Агабекова поделилась опытом зарубежных стран.
– Мы входим в десятку крупнейших стран по территории. Зарубежные коллеги удивляются тому, что в нашей стране есть 85 тысяч гидронимов (названия водных объектов), но нет ни одной научной публикации, где бы отражалось богатство нашей земли. Я предлагаю перенять опыт США и европейских стран, ввести в программу школ и вузов дисциплину топонимика. Было бы замечательно, если ученики и студенты не только гуманитарных, но и технических специальностей углубленно изучали происхождение названий улиц, районов, городов, регионов, где они живут, – отметила спикер.

Жупар Кожахмет
Фото автора

Monday, June 25, 2018

Conférence: Confins, limites et marches en Nouvelle Aquitaine à la lumière de la toponymie


Conférence de Bénédicte Boyrie-Fénié

Confins, limites et marches en Nouvelle Aquitaine à la lumière de la toponymie

Conférence-débat à Lormont (à proximité de Bordeaux)

Bénédicte Boyrie Fénié, docteur en onomastique, auteur de nombreux ouvrages de toponymie et de micro-toponymie, s'attachera dans cette conférence à démontrer comment les noms de lieux peuvent servir à délimiter les "pays", très divers, qui composent la Nouvelle Aquitaine.

La conférence est illustrée de nombreux documents.

Une nouvelle utilisation de la toponymie ou comment les noms de lieux peuvent permettre de définir les limites des différents "pays" de la Nouvelle Aquitaine. Passionnant.

Le mardi 26 juin 2018 à 18 h 30
Tarif pleinGratuit

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Ономастические конференции к 90-летию В.Н. Михайлова


Год В.Н. Михайлова: анонс мероприятий

Подробная информация о проведении конференций в информационном письме (СКАЧАТЬ). 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Visite guidée : L'histoire de Salies-de-Béarn à travers sa toponymie


Organisateur : Pays d'Art et d'Histoire d'Orthez et du Béarn des Gaves
La toponymie, c’est ce qu’il reste lorsque parfois les pierres ont disparu… Dans le coeur du bourg ancien où les rues courbes vous font perdre votre chemin, venez découvrir l’étonnante histoire de Salies-de-Béarn grâce au nom de ses places, ses rues et ses maisons.
Tarifs : 2 €/Adulte ; Gratuit : enfant, étudiant, demandeur d'emploi, handicapé (sur justificatif). Pas d'inscription préalable nécessaire. Renseignements : 05 59 60 81 60 - -
Ouverture :
le 23/06/2018 - 15:00h
Type : Culturelle
Catégorie : Visite
Thème : Historique, Patrimoine culturel
Intérêt : Promotion locale

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Call for Papers: 2019 ANS Conference Special Panel on Names, Naming, Gender, Sex


The ANS is currently inviting abstract submissions for this special panel on Names, Naming, Gender, Sex, and Sexual Orientation at the 2019 annual conference, which will be to be held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America. Although all topics within the theme are welcomed, papers dealing with the following questions are of particular interest: 1) general naming trends and controversies within the LGBT community; 2) official naming policies and laws for the designation of gender, sex, and sexual orientation; 3) considerations around name selection and name changes for trans people; 4) the intersection of gender, power, and naming for LGBT people.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is August 15, 2018. To submit a proposal, simply send in a 350-word abstract (excluding references), a 100-word shortened version, and a 80-word biographical sketch in prose. Please email these materials to Dr. I. M. Nick using the following address: For organizational purposes, please be sure to include the phrase “ANS-Gender 2019” in the subject line of your email. All proposals will be subject to independent blind review. Official notifications of proposal acceptances will be sent on or before October 1, 2018. All authors whose papers have been accepted must be current members of both the ANS and the Linguistic Society of America. Please feel free to contact Dr. I. M. Nick or Ms. Laurel Sutton should have you any questions or concerns.
We look forward to receiving your submission!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Cross Talk "What's the story behind a unique place name in your community?"

Guest: Aaron O'Brien, mapped trails and local place names on a map between Cape Broyle and Cappahayden.

Présentation de la conférence "La toponymie pour comprendre les territoires"

Jacki Pilon est interrogé par Pierre Noël Favennec.

Research project on personal names in the Roman Empire got SSHRC Partnership Development Grant


Three history research projects receive SSHRC Partnership Development Grants

Three history research projects led by York University researchers have received close to $200,000 each in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Projects led by Professors Jonathan Edmondson, Paul Lovejoy and Carolyn Podruchny have been awarded the research grants through SSHRC’s Partnership Development Grants program.
“York University is delighted with the success of our researchers. I want to congratulate Professors Edmondson, Lovejoy and Podruchny,” said Robert Haché, vice-president research & innovation at York University. “These SSHRC grants provide support for team-based partnerships and collaborations to develop research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities. York U, No. 1 in Ontario for collaborative research publications, values collaboration.”
Analyzing the value of personal names in the Roman Empire
Jonathan Edmondson
Edmondson is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of History in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) at York University. His research interests are in Roman History, in particular in the society, economy and culture of Roman Spain (especially Lusitania) from the late Iron Age to the late Roman Empire; Roman epigraphy, especially of the Roman Empire; gladiators in Roman society; the Roman family; and Greco-Roman historiography, especially Cassius Dio.
Edmondson’s international project is titled, “Names and identity in Roman Spain: The ADOPIA project.” Using the provinces of Lusitania and Baetica as test cases, the project team consisting of 23 scholars from four institutions will develop the digital mapping web-portal Atlas Digital Onomastique de la Péninsule Ibérique (ADOPIA). The four partner organizations involved in this three-year project are York University, the Institut Ausonius in France, the Centro CIL II and the Archivo Epigráfico de Hispania, both based in Spain.
Scholars from all four institutions will collect and analyze more than 15,000 inscriptions of varied types from a variety of sources including tombstones, public and private documents, building inscriptions and votive dedications to divinities. The findings will be used to deepen scholarly understanding of the significance of personal names as evidence for personal identity and cultural change in the Roman Empire from 200 BCE to 250 CE.

Seminaire "L’onomastique de Hatra et des cités voisines"


 Hatra, située en Mésopotamie (en Iraq actuel, à env. 90 km au sud-ouest de Mossoul), a connu son heure de gloire du début du 2e siècle apr. J.-C. jusque vers 240, date de sa chute devant les Perses sassanides et de son abandon. Ville araméenne d’après la langue utilisée dans l’épigraphie, elle a été sujette à l’influence de ses puissants voisins iraniens. Sa proximité avec la Babylonie, avec les populations de langue arabe et avec le monde hellénophone ont aussi joué un rôle dans son histoire. L’ensemble de ces éléments explique la complexité de l’onomastique locale qu’il est intéressant d’essayer de définir, en comparaison avec celle des régions voisines.

New versions of the bibliography on commercial names by Ilia Baranov


It is a bibliography on commercial names (or may be better to call them ‘pragmatic names’?) research and development, mostly in English and Russian. About 4,000 entries with keyword filters gathered in two Google tables’ sheets, Cyrillic and Latin. Commentary option is available for users. Main problem is to cover social and cognitive sciences by overall system of keywords. It is far from perfect. Each string contains keywords grouping in 8 topics:
  • nat_lang: language (or area) of names under consideration. Russian in Cyrillic section and English in Latin section are not mentioned except of cross-language researches;
  • market segment of named items, including arts, politics and sport;      
  • species of names concerning names items: companies (ergonym), goods (pragmatonym, chrematonym), places, colors, people, machines, as well as animals, robots and fictional beings;
  • properties of names, linguistic par excellence: semantics, grammar (morphology and syntax), orthography, graphics, phonetics;     
  • perception of names, mostly measureable, by target auditory;             
  • process of name invention and living: creation, selection criteria, test, localization, registration, usage;             
  • research: terminology, taxonomy, history, ethics, statistics, methods, science areas, law, management, popular articles; Importance key concerns connections between business efficacy and name properties;
  • additions: neighbor topics or research fields.
Keywords are listed in separate table sheet. They are counted separately for Latin and Cyrillic parts. One could see the topic bias to descriptive linguistics in Cyrillic section and the bias to marketing research in Latin section. Is it the consequence of gathering method or real difference, we do not know yet. Any suggestions?
New version 1.4007 is now available (May 2018). 500+ entries were added and 400+ unrelated ones were removed, much of them were concerned general onomastics, phonetic symbolism, word/letter recognition, reading, neuroscience and branding. Works devoted to name letter effect (NLE key) are not directly concerned to commercial names but still presented in bibliography. Papers in Slavic languages were added, mostly in Latin section. Keyword system was revised, expanded and fixed. ‘Common’ key was removed from Research topic.
Additions and improvement suggestions are welcome at

Friday, June 8, 2018




Marcienne Martin
Nomino ergo sum 

C'est en consultant des articles en relation avec la toponymie aux Archives nationales de Paris que l'auteur a découvert des toponymes de type descriptif, transcrits en langue inuite, mais traduits en langue française, et en relation avec des roches situées dans le nord du Québec. Cette approche particulière de la géologie présente un intérêt essentiel : l'observation exacte faite par les populations autochtones, puisque leur répertoire toponymique leur servait de carte d'orientation sur le terrain, ce qui fait référence aux technologies actuelles comme le GPS ou géopositionnement par satellite.

Titulaire d'un doctorat en sciences du langage et professeure associée à l'UQAT — Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue [Canada], Marcienne Martin est l'auteur de nombreux ouvrages parus aux éditions L'Harmattan. Membre du comité de rédaction de la Nouvelle Revue d'Onomastique, Membre d'International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), co-directrice de la collection : Nomino ergo sum dédiée à la nomination, aux éditions L'Harmattan, cette chercheuse a donné des conférences touchant l'onomastique et les NTIC en France et à l'étranger. Elle écrit aussi des articles en relation avec ces domaines de recherche.

Broché - format : 15,5 x 24 cm
ISBN : 978-2-343-15059-8 • 6 juin 2018 • 316 pages 
EAN13 : 9782343150598
EAN PDF : 9782140092770