Friday, February 7, 2014

19th International and National Onomastic Conference "Functions of proper names in the culture and communication"

Institute of Polish Philology at Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań (AMU)

Department of the Grammar of Contemporary Polish Language and Onomastics at AMU

Institute of Slavic Studies at AMU

Institute of the European Culture  at Adam Mickiewicz University 

in Gniezno

invite you to take part in

the 19th International and National Onomastic 


Functions of proper names in the culture 
and communication

which will take place
on 20-22 September 2014 in Gniezno, Poland.

The place of the conference:
Institute of the European Culture at Adam Mickiewicz 
Józefa Kostrzewskiego 5–7, Gniezno, Poland

The conference aims at discussing the onomastic features of a wide selection of onyms. It is the functions of names both in the present and in the past which are in our focus. Among the topics to be discussed are the cognitive foundations of naming processes, reasons for onomastic changes, and the motivation for creating new names nowadays and in the history. We are interested in new methodological and research ideas relating to the functions of proper names.
The suggested research areas are as follows:
  • the oldest and the latest proper names in the context of the contemporary changes in culture and communication,
  • nomina propria in the contemporary and historical discourse,
  • names and trends,
  • new names – new media,
  • pragmatics of names (proper names in the effective communication),
  • names and contexts,
  • the functions of proper names in the literary and the applied context,
  • the hierarchies of functions vs. the classes of names,
  • functions of natural language vs. functions of proper names,
  • identification and communication,
  • reasons for onomastic changes (in the case of anthroponyms and toponyms),
  • cognitive foundations of naming processes.
Please fill in the registration form and send it to the organizers ( 
by April 30, 2014.

Conference fee:
The conference fee is 350 PLN and includes: attendance to the conference, conference materials, catering (including an official dinner) and the preparation and publication of conference proceedings. Accommodation is not covered.
Deadline for payment: April 30, 2014.