Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Cultural Integration and personal names in the Middle Ages

Today I am excited to introduce a book on medieval names to be published in German in October 2014:

Kulturelle Integration und Personennamen im Mittelalter




by Wolfgang Haubrichs: http://www.uni-saarland.de/fak4/fr41/haubrichs/html/w__haubrichs.html



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Prof. Haubrichs is a great scholar of historical onomastics (among others). He has worked on:

  • Field names and deserted villages. Methods of the linguo-onomastic research on abandoned settlements;   
  • Gallo-Roman relics in the toponymy of East Lorraine and Saarland; 
  • Dictionary of German winemakers languages; 
  • "North words" "South words"s. Old words strata in the settlement and field names, and their informational value for the standing of Saar-Moselle area within the "West Germania". 
  • Streets and names. Studies on methods of linguo-onomastic research about old streets and on historical semantics of the ways vocabulary. 
  • Onomastics and acculturations. The development of naming, their semantics motivation in the encounter between Christianity, empire and barbarian gentes between late antiquity and the early Middle Ages / 4.-8. Centuries.



by Christa Jochum-Godglück: http://www.uni-saarland.de/fak4/fr41/haubrichs/html/ch__jochum-godglueck.html



from the same:


She has researched on:

  • Names heritage and people naming in the context. Conditions and possibilities of acquisition and evaluation in the database "Nomen et gens" (2009);
  • In the religions' area of tension. Textual constructions of the 'other' in Europe since the early Middle Ages (2011); 
  • Names and the construction of Christian and pagan spaces in Wolfram von Eschenbach's "Willehalm" (2009);


and by Andreas Schorr (in 2009 he has M.A. title, http://www.uni-saarland.de/fak4/fr41/haubrichs/html/a__schorr.html)

Here is he with Prof. Jochum-Godglück in 2005:


He has participated in:

  • Cultural contacts in the Balkans. Serbian naming in the new emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus and the chronicler Danilo's times (2008).
  •  Violentia and potestas in Roman and Germanic personal names (2008);
  • Greek Personal Names in Merovingian and Carolingian Gaul. A Brief Survey, in: Wolfgang Ahrens / Sheila Embleton / André Lapierre (Hrsg.), Names in Multi-Lingual, Multi-Cultural and Multi-Ethnic Contact. Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Onomastic Sciences, August 17–22, 2008, York University, Toronto, Canada. Toronto 2009 [CD-ROM], 886–891;
  • Names of pagans and Christians. Pagan and Christian Names in the early Middle Ages (2009).


And now..... Are you ready for the new "manuscript"? Let's go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Abstract of the new book:

(translated from German by me)

This anthology brings together contributions of linguists and historians on the phenomena of language and cultural contact in European personal names of the Middle Ages. The focus is on cultural history, historical and philological issues, particularly in the areas of migration, acculturation and integration in multilingual societies, or in border areas. The studies are mainly devoted to the relations in the Frankish Merovingian and Carolingian Empire and Italy. Reviews of Jewish naming traditions on the Iberian Peninsula, as well as continental Scandinavian, Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and Balto-Slavic and West European names contact open further perspectives. This volume gives new impetus to the interference onomastics.

or from http://www.buch.ch/shop/home/artikeldetails/kulturelle_integration_und_personennamen_im_mittelalter_reallexi/ISBN3-11-026873-6/ID32161572.html;jsessionid=2A58D286D5136D910650220FA104544D.tc3

Personal names often move between languages. The phenomena which arise from this, and in which integration is often reflected, are the subject of interference onomastics, a young science in the systematically reflective sense. This volume brings together studies of interferences in systems of names in the Middle Ages; the emphasis is on the Merovingian and Frankish Empires, and on Italy. Additional perspectives are provided by reviews of traditions of Jewish names in the Iberian peninsula, and the relationships between names in Scandinavia, England and Lithuania.


They have already organized one conference devoted to the same topic: https://www.idw-online.de/pages/de/news?print=1&id=299265


If you like it, the book is everywhere:

http://www.amazon.de/Integration-Personennamen-Mittelalter-Germanischen-Altertumskunde/dp/3110268736
http://www.jpc.de/jpcng/books/detail/-/art/Kulturelle-Integration-und-Personennamen-im-Mittelalter/hnum/2764707
http://www.beck-shop.de/Haubrichs-Jochum-Godglueck-Schorr-Kulturelle-Integration-Personennamen-Mittelalter/productview.aspx?product=10721276
http://preis-knaller.de/shoppen.html?c=Books&n=555992&s=-pubdate&i=3110268736
http://www.powells.com/biblio?isbn=9783110268867

Thanks!!!