Center for Language Research (CLAR) Conference, Rijeka, Croatia, June 3-5, 2016

6111198763_8db1520627_mThe Center for Language Research (CLAR) at the University of Rijeka, Croatia will be holding a conference from the 3rd to the 5th of June 2016. The official theme of CLAR2016 is “Perspectives on Language Planning and Policies.”

Paper proposals on any topic related to the domain of language planning and policies are invited by the 10th of January 2016 deadline.… Read More

Call for Nominations for the 2015 Name of the Year

The American Name Society requests nominations for the “Names of the Year for 2015”. The names selected will be ones that best illustrate, through their creation and/or use during the past 12 months, important trends in the culture of the United States and Canada.

Nominations are called for in the four following categories:

Personal Names: Names or nicknames of individual real people, animals, or hurricanes.

Place Names: Names or nicknames of any real geographical location, including all natural features, political subdivisions, streets, and buildings. Names of national or ethnic groups would be included here.

Trade Names: Names of real commercial products, as well as names of both for-profit and non-profit companies and organizations, including businesses, universities, and political parties.

Fictional/Literary Names: Names of fictional persons, places, or institutions, in any written, oral, or visual medium, as well as titles of art works, books, plays, television programs, or movies.

Winners will be chosen in each category, and then a final vote will determine the overall Name of the Year for 2015. Anyone may nominate a name. All members of the American Name Society attending the annual meeting will select the winner from among the nominees at the annual ANS meeting in Washington, D. C. on January 8, 2016. The winner will be announced that evening at a joint celebration with the American Dialect Society.

Advance nominations must be received before January 5, 2016, though nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the annual meeting. Please send your nominations, along with a brief rationale, to Dr. Cleveland K. Evans at cevans[@]


International Conference on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Structure, Use, and Me, Brasov, Romania, September 21-24, 2016

Brasov - RomaniaFrom the 21st to the 24th of September 2016, the 4th International Conference on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Structure, Use, and Me (SUM2016) will be held in Brasov, Romania. The purpose of this event is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners working in the fields of theoretical and applied linguistics. Scholars working within the areas of lexicography and lexicology are encouraged to submit an abstract by the deadline on the 29th of February 2016.


10th International Conference of the Asian Association for Lexicography, Manila, Philippines, June 1-3 2016

4649929386_7edc77958c_mThe 10th International Conference of the Asian Association for Lexicography, AsiaLex2016, has been scheduled for the 1st to the 3rd of June 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Co-organized by the University of the Philippines-Diliman Department of Linguistics (UP-Lingg), the National University (NU), and the Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP), the thematic focus of this conference is the exploration of recent research trends and practices for lexicography and corpus-building in general and in relation to Asian languages.

The deadline for the call for papers is the 15th of January 2016.

Seattle Public Library board rejects $935K name change to ‘Seattle Public Libraries’

2360672546_9896a526e0_mAfter conducting extensive market research and spending more than $300,000 in private funding, the proposal was made to change the former name of The Seattle Public Library to the new and improved name: Seattle Public Libraries. The suggested change involved changing the word-final “y” to “ies”…oh and the “The” was to be dropped as well. In light of the fact that implementing this re-branding would cost several hundred thousand more, many Seattleites reacted less than enthusiastically to the proposed name change. After much deliberation, the Library’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously against the proposed re-branding.

Names and Food

3260071921_669b014efe_mIf you are a name watcher and a food lover, here are a few interesting / maddening / humbling / irritating links for you:

Washington Post journalist Christopher Ingraham challenges readers to name a food “just by looking at where it comes from” as indicated by a series of dots on a map of the United States.

The Daily Meal lists the top ten most commonly misspelled food names.

Discover Huffington Post’s list of commonly mispronounced food names. And yes, that brown UK steak sauce in on the list!

Reminder: Emerging Scholar Award Submissions DUE 11/16/15

Reminder: Emerging Scholar Award Submissions are due Monday, November 16, 2015.

Presenters for the 2016 ANS Conference who are eligible for and interested in applying for the ANS Emerging Scholar Award (ESA), should have received all pertinent information.

Please send submissions to the chair of this year’s ANS-ESA Selection Committee, Lisa Radding: raddinglisa [ @ ]… Read More

The Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland (SNSMI) Conference, Maynooth, Ireland, April 15-18, 2016

770978374_d9f88ce277_mThe Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland (SNSMI) will be holding its 25th annual Spring Conference from the 15th to the 18th of April 2016 at Maynooth University, a part of the National University of Ireland. Located on the outskirts of Dublin, access to the Maynooth campus is easily accessible from the Dublin Airport. In addition to the main conference, the event organizers will also be hosting a special postgraduate workshop.

The deadline for registration is the 15th of November 2015. Researchers interested in presenting a paper on personal or place naming are asked to email their title and abstract to submissions to confsec at


International Conference on Cartography and Geoinformation Science (ICCGIS), Montreal, Canada, May 16-17, 2016

7702740572_201c5cc923_mThe 18th annual International Conference on Cartography and Geoinformation Science (ICCGIS) will be held from the 16th to the 17th of May 2016 in Montreal, Canada.

For this cross-disciplinary event, researchers interested in place names are invited to submit an abstract for possible presentation. Suggested topics of interest include toponyms on maps and GeoDB as well as the general and derivate aspects of cartography and toponymy. The deadline for paper submission is the 16th of November 2015. For more on the event, use the following link:

Squaw Island officially renamed Unity Island

3313178222_3e6a04bde9_mIn a historic decision that many Native American and women’s activists are calling long overdue, New York lawmakers have voted to finally put an end to the place name “Squaw Island.”

Originally called “Divided Island” or “Deyowenoguhdoh” by the indigenous nation of the Senecas in homage to a creek that transects the land, the island was re-named by French explorers in the 17th century. In place of the now pejorative moniker, the Island will now be called “Unity Island” of Ga’nigo:i:yoh, a name which government officials and tribal leaders agree reflects the spirit of mutual respect that now typifies the modern community’s shared core values.

For more information, see this article and this article.