On Saturday, the 3rd of October 2015, the Welsh Place-Name Society will be holding its Annual Conference and General Meeting at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwed.
The aim of the Society is twofold:
- to promote the awareness, study, and understanding of Welsh Place-Names
- to increase interest in and appreciation for the history, culture, and language of Wales
To become a member of the Society, complete the Membership Form. For more information, click here.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has decided to run again for his old office. In an effort to reignite voters’ interest, Sarkozy announced that the opposition party would be changing its name from “Union for a Popular Movement” (UMP) to Les Républicains.
The name change has created quite a bit of controversy. Supporters have praised the move as a savvy and elegant way to attract voters who have moved far left of center while shedding the Party of old, unwanted political baggage. Critics worry that the move may help to strengthen and/or legitimate right extremism.
It remains to be seen how the onomastic make-over will affect the 2017 Presidential race.
As economists and politicians argue whether or not Greece should exit the European Union, onomastic experts have watched the birth and spreading popularity of a new political name.
A clever blending of the place name “Greece” and the verb “to exit”, the name Grexit has become a part of the everyday vocabulary throughout the EU and beyond. The onomastic antonym to Grexit, namely Grecovery (a blend of the words Greece and recovery) does not seem to have made as much headway.
The difference in frequency and recognizability between the two names would seem to be a telling barometer of Europeans’ predictions for the future of Greece within the EU.
Registration closes today for the 15th International Congress of Celtic Studies, taking place from the 13th to the 17th of July 2015 at the University of Glasgow. Among the many outstanding presentations to be given are several papers on onomastics.
Three examples include:
- Timothy Bridgeman (Binghamton University), “Names and Naming Conventions of Celtic Peoples in Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia”
- M. Joseph Wolf (University of Glasgow), “Exploring Manx Saint Dedications and Place-Names in the Wider Irish Sea Context”
- Ken George (Cornish Language Board), “Assibilation and palatalization in Cornish: the evidence of place-names’
Click here for more on the congress and registration.
Scientists have discovered a new species of octopus. This pink fist-sized creature is so cute they may call it “Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis.” This wouldn’t be the first species to be named with “adorabilis.” Click here for more information.
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Dr. Cleveland Evans writes about names for the Omaha World-Herald. This week’s column explores Horace.
On the 1st of July 2015, the University of Leipzig will be holding a workshop on onomastics. The topic of the workshop will be on Leipzig Surnames which originate in a romance language (e.g. Italian, Spanish, French, etc.). The workshop will be held in German. The primary lecturer for this workshop will be Professor Dieter Kremer.… Read More
In a representative nationwide study conducted in Germany, researchers have identified the top ten pet names which couples use to call one another behind closed doors:
“My Treasure” takes the top spot, with about 35% of Germans using a variation such as:
- Treasure (Schatz)
- Little Treasure (Schatzi/Schatzlein/Schätzle)
- Big Treasure (Riesenschatz)
- Cuddly Treasure (Schnuckelschatz)
Animal names account for second through fifth place. In order, these zoonymic names of affection are:
- Mouse (Maus)
- Hare (Hase)
- Bear (Bär)
- Sparrow (Spatz)
In tenth place is the now internationally recognized onomastic evergreen Liebling.
Here is a list of other favorite German nicknames for your sweetheart.
From the 2nd of September to the 3rd of November 2015, the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain will be holding an online lexicography and language documentation workshop on “Methodology for Terminology Work”.
The focus of the workshop is on carrying out terminological projects based on the Communicative Theory of Terminology (CTT). All the phases of carrying out terminographic work will be presented, from project conceptualization to database construction and management. The minimum level of education required for participation is a MA.
Click here for more information.