Right-wing white supremacist Anders Breivik is now Fjotolf Hansen

On the 22nd of July 2011, the peaceful Norway experienced one of the deadliest attacks on its soil since the Second World War. Within a 24-hour period, the lives of 77 Norwegians were lost at the hands of the right-wing white supremacist Anders Behring Breivik. This autumn, it was formally announced that Breivik had officially been granted the right to change his name to Fjotolf Hansen. It is also under this new name that the mass murder is registered as the owner of a Geofarm, which the killer had used as a front for the purchase of the fertilizer he used to construct his homemade bombs. The defense lawyer who announced the name change refused to disclose the reason or reasons for his client’s change of nomenclature.

“Cut Cut Cut”? Not Not Not

Many pieces of US legislation are given clever names to increase their appeal. An excellent example is the 2001 “Act to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes” that is better known today by the acronym USA PATRIOT ACT. Almost two decades later, the suggested name of another legislative act has made the news. In an effort to draw positive attention to an upcoming financial act, the current president suggested the name: “The Cut-Cut-Cut Act”. Instead of inspiring broad support, the suggested name spawned widespread ridicule. As a result, lawmakers have lobbied to scrap the onomastic proposal and name the act instead after its sponsor-in-chief.

Call for Papers: The Monster Conference, Bishop Grosseteste University, UK, June 29-30 2018

From the 29th to the 30th of June 2018, Bishop Grosseteste University (Lincoln, UK) will be holding a two-day conference celebrating the inception and reception of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in celebration of 200th anniversary of this literary classic.  Confirmed Speakers include Angela Wright (Professor in English Literature, University of Sheffield), and Marc Hanheide (Reader in Computer Science, University of Lincoln). The Monster Conference will allow attendees to explore the intersection of this classic work with popular culture, and focus upon the pertinent theoretical and methodological challenges relating to how monstrosity and the monstrous get taught at universities and in schools.

The call for papers can be found here. Proposals for papers (20 minutes) and panels (three 20-minute papers) as well as teaching workshops (30 minutes) from a range of disciplines are welcome in the form of 300 word abstracts and a 100 word biographical note by the 31st of January 2018.  Send submission to to sibylle.erle@bishopg.ac.uk  All proposals will be anonymously peer-reviewed.

Conference: Österreichische Linguistiktagung, Klagenfurt, Austria, December 8-10 2017

An annual Austrian linguistics conference, Österreichische Linguistiktagung, will be held from the 8th to the 10th of December 2017 at the Alpen Adria University of Klagenfurt.  The theme of the conference is Digital Humanities.  Along with this theme, an onomastics workshop, “Namen Digital” will be hosted by Marietta Calderon (University of Salzburg) and Sandra Herling (University of Siegen). Registration information can be found here.

ANS Request for Assistance – German names expertise

A Special Request from the President of the American Name Society
If your area of onomastic expertise includes the German language and you would be willing to consult on a linguistic issue concerning the transliteration of a German surname into English, please email Dr. I. M. Nick (mavi.yaz@web.de) with your contact details by November 23, 2018. … Read More

Call for Papers: Queer(ing) Lexicography: Towards truly inclusive dictionary-making? Panel at Euralex 2018

From the 17th to the 21st of July 2018, Euralex, an international conference on lexicography and dictionaries will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  One theme of the scholarly event is “Queer(ing) Lexicography: Towards truly inclusive dictionary-making?”.  The purpose of this panel is to examine the role that dictionaries play in reinforcing and challenging societal notions of gender, sex, and sexual orientation.  Interested presenters are asked to submit abstracts (max. 300 words) for possible acceptance by the 26th of November 2017 to one of the following contacts: (e.nossem@mx.uni-saarland.de) and Łukasz Pakuła (l.pakula@gmail.com). Questions about the conference and submission requirements can be also be directed to these contacts as well. You can review the call for papers here.

Call for Papers: “trans-kom”, the Journal of Translation and Technical Communication Research

“trans-kom”, the Journal of Translation and Technical Communication Research will be devoting a special issue to the topic ”Industry 4.0 meets Language and Knowledge Resources.” trans-kom is an academic journal for translation and technical communication research published solely on the Internet.  The overarching question of this issue is what research in the fields of translation and technical communication can contribute to all that at the interface between the industry 4.0 world and the language and knowledge resources world. Read the call for papers here. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017. Authors interested in submitting a piece for publication in either German or English are asked to contact the Special Issue guest editor, Georg Löckinger: [georg.loeckinger@fh-wels.at]. The special issue will be published in June 2018.

trans-kom publication guidelines: http://www.trans-kom.eu/dauer/trans-kom_201612.zip
trans-kom website in English: http://www.trans-kom.eu/index-en.html
trans-kom website in German: http://www.trans-kom.eu

Registration opens for the 2018 ANS Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, January 4-7, 2018

American Name SocietyRegistration is now open for the 2018 ANS Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. The ANS conference will take place in conjunction with the Linguistics Society of American (LSA) Conference from January 4-7, 2018.

To register, you must join the ANS or renew your ANS membership.

Note that to renew your ANS membership, you will be redirected to the Taylor & Francis website where you will need to enter information from your renewal notice.

Once your membership is up to date, please fill out the ANS 2018 Conference Registration Form and send the form, along with payment, to ANS Treasurer Michael McGoff, as per the instructions on the form.

For more information about the ANS Conference and the LSA Conference, including rate and hotel information, please visit our Conference Page.

AERA Award: Shelby Wolf AERA Literature SIG Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Literature

In honor of Shelby Wolf’s ongoing legacy in the literature and literacy education, a special award is being offered by the American Educational Research Association for Outstanding Dissertation in Literature.  The recipient of this biannual award is to be given in recognition of a doctoral student whose research has been found to make a substantial and original contribution to literature learning and teaching. The deadline for submission is January 8, 2018. Interested applicants may find out more details about The Shelby Wolf AERA Literature SIG Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Literature, the eligibility requirements, and the selection criteria in this Google doc.

About Names: Gentle “Mildred” waits, patiently, for revival

Dr. Cleveland Evans writes about names for the Omaha World-Herald. In his November 8th column, he looks at the history of the name Mildred.

Will you see Mildred’s billboards? “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” a dark comedy in which Frances McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, who erects billboards blaming a local sheriff for not solving her daughter’s murder, opens Friday.

In the seventh century, King Merewald and Queen Ermenburg of Mercia in England had three daughters: Mildred (“gentle strength”), Mildburg (“gentle fortress”), and Mildith (“gentle battle”). All became abbesses and were proclaimed saints. Mildith was least famous. Her name died out in England by 1350. Mildburg, said to have miraculous healing powers, lived in Shropshire. Her name became Milbrough there. Brought to America in Colonial times, it shifted to Milbrey. Though very rare, Milbreys are still found in North Carolina and Tennessee.

When Social Security’s yearly names lists started in 1880, Mildred ranked 121st. “Mildred Keith” rocketed it upward. Mildred peaked at sixth between 1912 and 1920.

Though Joan Crawford won a best actress Oscar in 1945 for the title character in “Mildred Pierce,” this tale of a wealthy restaurateur who spoils her murderous daughter didn’t help the name’s popularity. Mildred dropped below the top thousand in 1985.

Want to know more? Read on to find out more about Mildreds in history!