Names Society of Southern Africa International Conference, Bloemfontein, South Africa, September 20-22, 2016

5297881844_e21ca22a7e_mThe Names Society of Southern Africa (NSSA) and the Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment at the University of the Free State have announced their first call for papers for the 19th NSSA International Conference. Scheduled from the 20th to the 22nd of September 2016 at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, the theme of this conference is “Symbolism and Instrumentality in Naming”.

The deadline for abstract submission is the 30 of June 2016. The language of the conference is English.

Toponymic Session at the International Geographical Union Congress, Beijing, China, August 21-25,2016

2785380233_c1eee56d25_mThe joint commission of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the International Geographical Union (IGU) is organizing a typonymic session entitled “Place Names as Social Constructs” as a part of the 33rd IGU Congress in Beijing, China from the 21st to the 25th of August 2016.

The session is to focus on the ways in which place names reflect existing power relationships within societies.… Read More

Teens pick ‘Smombie’ as hippest German word

2596483147_58d6bae3b1_mEach year in Germany, a team of linguists, journalists, celebrities, and teenagers assemble to select the word of the year from a long list of candidates nominated by the general public. After intense deliberation, the expert German Jury finally announced the winner of the 2015 word of the year among German youth “das Jugendwort des Jahres”: Smombie

The word is the special name which German children and teens have given to a person who walks mindlessly through the world while typing on his/her mobile phone. The name “smombie” is a word-blend formed from “zombie” and “smartphone”.

The contest for the coolest, grooviest, hippest, most totally awesome and rad, youth word of year is held each year by the world famous German dictionary maker, Langenscheidt.

Cast your vote for the ANS Name of the Year!

Award for Best Article in Names: A Journal of Onomastics 2015

The 2015 Award Winner is:

Michael Adams, “The Course of a Particular’: Names and Narrative in the Works of Joseph Mitchell” Names: A Journal of Onomastics 63(1): 3-15.

Awardee Biography
Michael Adams is a Professor in the Department of English at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has also served as Editor of American Speech, the publication of the American Dialect Society for ten years. His term ended in November 2015. Most recently, he is co-editor of Studies in the History of the English Language VI: Evidence and Method in Histories of English (De Gruyter Mouton). In addition to being a highly valued, long-time member of the ANS, Professor Adams is also an editorial board member of the Journal of Literary Onomastics, the only scholarly periodical devoted to the study of names in literary texts.

Committee: Michael McGoff, Dr. John Algeo, Kemp Williams.