The second official call for papers for the 2015 International Symposium on Place Names has been released. The Conference will take place in Clarens, Free State Province, South Africa from the 16th to the 17th of September 2015. The theme of this year’s conference is “Place names, diversity, and heritage”. Click here for more information.
On May 6, 2015, a zoo in Oita, Japan announced the results of an official poll: The zoo’s very first baby Macaque monkey, would be named Charlotte, in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. News of the decision erupted in a national controversy with critics and supporters fighting over whether the name insulted or honored the newborn Royal. On May 8th, the city mayor put an end to the debate, stating that the public had chosen a beautiful name, and no complaint from Britain had been lodged.
Dr. Cleveland Evans writes about names for the Omaha World-Herald. This week’s column offers additional information about the most popular baby names of 2014.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is planning to increase the current selection of domain names beyond the generic top-level domains like .com, .net, and .org. In anticipation, many companies have already begun to apply for their own brand name domains. The costs of placing an official application and paying for the accompanying legal and consulting fees for one of the trendy domain names can reach upwards of 1 million US dollars.
NamesCon, one of the world’s largest international conferences devoted exclusively to domain names will be holding its next conference in Las Vegas, Nevada from the 10th to the 13th of January 2016. According to the founder and CEO, this year’s event promises to be the largest ever gathering of domainers. Click here for more information.
The Asian Association of Lexicography (ASIALEX) will be holding its 9th annual international conference in Hong Kong, from the 25th to the 27th of June, 2015. The theme of the conference is “Words, Dictionaries and Corpora: Innovation in reference science.” Click here for more information.