Onoma 52 – Call for Papers

Asian Onomastics

(Onoma 52)


Dear Colleagues,

I have the honor to be invited by the editorial board of Onoma as the guest editor of its volume 52, which will specially be devoted to onomastics in Asia. I was informed that this special volume would be parallel with Onoma’s continuing orientation toward the ‘global.’… Read More

Second Call for Papers: ANS 2017, Austin, TX, January 5-8 2017

Austin EveningThe ANS is inviting abstract submissions for the 2017 annual conference to be held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America.  Abstracts in any area of onomastic research are welcome.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is June 30, 2016.

To submit a proposal, complete the 2017 Author Information Sheet found here. Please email this completed form to Dr. I. M. Nick [mavi.yaz@web.de]. For organizational purposes, please be sure to include the phrase “ANS 2017” in the subject line of your email.

Presenters who may need additional time to secure international payments and travel visas to the United States are urged to submit their proposal as soon as possible.

All proposals will be subjected to blind review.

Official notification of proposal acceptances will be sent on or before September 30, 2016.

All authors whose papers have been accepted must be current members of the ANS and need to register with both the ANS and the Linguistic Society of America.

Please feel free to contact Dr. I. M. Nick should you have any questions or concerns.

We look forward to receiving your submission!

Ukraine’s Decommunization Gets Boost As 175 Towns, Villages Renamed

5940946823_16f6706657_mOn the 4th of February, the Ukrainian Parliament approved changing the names of 175 towns, villages, and districts. The momentous onomastic sweep is a part of the government’s ongoing effort to “de-communize” the nation. Many of the new names that have been chosen are older names which existed before the Soviet influence.

The onomastic makeover has not been with criticism. According to the February 11th issue of Radio Free Europe, many ethnic Russians in the Ukraine have taken offense to this plan.

Americans recognize ‘past presidents’ who never were

19552168234_53d9d35a1e_mNot including Presidents Obama, Clinton, Bush, or Reagan, how many US American Presidents can you name in 30 seconds? Now be honest, how many of you included Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Moore, and John Calhoun. If you did, you are in good company.

According to a 2016 psychological study on naming and recognition conducted by H. Roediger & K. DeSoto at Washington University in Saint Louis, many Americans routinely misidentify the names of famous historical figures as US Presidents.