ANS 2020

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Room: Steering

3:00-6:00pm Executive Committee Meeting 


Friday, January 3, 2020

Room: Steering

Conference Opening Address

8:00-8:15 Dorothy Dodge Robbins (Louisiana Tech University), Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30-10:00 Names in Graphic, Comic, & Young Adult Fiction

CHAIR: Dorothy Dodge Robbins (Louisiana Tech University)

8:15 Dorothy Dodge Robbins (Louisiana Tech University): Onomastic connections in Joann Sfar’s The Rabbi’s Cat

8:45 Mark Peters (Independent Scholar, Chicago, IL, USA): Baron Von Evilstein, Granny Goodness, and Morticoccus: A taxonomy of comic book creator Jack Kirby’s Names

9:15 Lauren Guillory (Louisiana Tech University): Nomenclature and the structure of society in Lois Lowry’s The Giver

10:15-11:30 Literary Names & Semantics

CHAIR: Ken Robbins (Louisiana Tech University, USA)

10:30 Arpi Movsesian (University of California Santa Barbara, USA): “Wisdom” and “The Man of God”: The semantics of Dostoevsky’s proper names in Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov

11:00 Shoshana Milgram Knapp (Virginia Tech, USA): Signaling villainy through subtle semantic connotations: Ayn Rand’s use of negative personal names

11:30-12:30 Names of the Year Selection (Steering)

CHAIR: Cleveland Evans (Bellevue University)

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-3:00 Literary Names: Irish & Caribbean Connections

CHAIR: Christine De Vinne (Ursuline College, Ohio, USA)

1:30 Christine De Vinne (Ursuline College, Ohio, USA): Nameless by design: The effects of anonymity in Ann Burns’s Milkman

2:30 Kate Brennan (University of Toronto, Canada): Semantic relations and personal names in literature: Naming as authority

3:15-4:45 Politics, Culture, & Names

CHAIR: Mirko Casagranda (University of Calabria, Italy)

3:15 Mirko Casagranda (University of Calabria, Italy): This is Blockadia: A corpus-assisted analysis of environmental activism on social media

3:45 Jerrilyn McGregory (Florida State University, USA): “PRONOUNCE IT LIKE IT SOUNDS”: Black popular culture’s devaluation of African American personal names

4:15 Joseph Smita (The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India): A comparative study of the personal names of Telugu Catholics and Syrian Christians of Kerala

6:30-8:00 Film Premier (Steering)

CHAIR: Laurel Sutton (Catchword Branding, California, USA)

Nware Rahsaan Burge (Kean University, Union, New Jersey, USA) DNA: Using Genealogy to Change My SLAVE Last Name


Room: Bridge

8:15-9:45 Name Brand Entertainment

CHAIR: Jason Yi An Chen (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)

8:15 Jason Yi An Chen (Indiana University Bloomington, USA): Linguistic and cultural adaptation of Chinese film title translations

8:45 Tao Ma (Shanghai Sanda University, China): A balance between creativeness and usability: Semantic patterns to registers among application software names

9:15 James Butler (Lancaster University, UK): Mapping Literary Namescapes: Representing Fictional Cartographies through Space and Time

10:00-11:00 Place Names: Original & Revised

CHAIR: Edward Callary (Northern Illinois University, USA)

10:00 Edward Callary (Northern Illinois University, USA): Texas: A challenge to the origin of the name

10:30 Brittnee Leysen-Ross (University of Glasgow, Scotland): Cognitive toponymy: Establishing a sense of place in the Central Otago goldfields

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-3:00 Julianys, Jared, Janvier: J Names!

CHAIR: Maryann Parada (California State University Bakersfield, USA)

1:30 Maryann Parada and Lena Taub Robles (California State University Bakersfield, USA): Julianys and Jadiel: The innovative and emblematic -/is/ and -/jel/ trends across three decades of Puerto Rican naming

2:00 Richard D. Janda (University of Illinois Bloomington, USA): From Jared to Jharredd & 220 others: On orthographic exuberance & onomatophagia

2:30 Marielle Côté-Gendreau (McGill University & Université de Montréal, Canada): Awareness of cognates revealed through the naming calendar: Janviers born in January in Ancient Quebec

3:15-4:45 Trends in Naming Children

CHAIR: Laurel Sutton (Catchword Branding, California, USA)

3:15 Jong-Mi Kim (Kwangwan National University, Korea): Naming and cross-cultural trends: Historical evidence of linguistic and cultural feature changes in Korean names, 1940-2017

3:45 Marielle Côté-Gendreau (McGill University & Université de Montréal, Canada): Expansion of stocks of first names, decrease of parent-to-child transmission and rise of multiple naming in Ancient Quebec: What came first?

4:15 Gerrit Bloothooft (Utrecht University, the Netherlands): The emergence of Zipf’s law in fashionable names

4:45-5:00 Break

5:00-6:30 Words of the Year/Decade Vote with the American Dialect Society


Saturday, January 4, 2020

Room: Steering

8:30-10:00 Family Names in American Fiction

CHAIR: Ken Robbins (Louisiana Tech University, USA)

8:30 Ken Robbins (Louisiana Tech University, USA): “Call me Shane”: Names as intensifiers in Jack Schaefer’s tale

9:00 Jeanne C. Ewert (University of Florida, USA): Faulkner’s “lumber room” of allusions and etymology: Onomastics in As I Lay Dying

9:30 Kimberly Tucker (Louisiana Tech University, USA): Slighting the family name: Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”

10:15-11:00 Lyrical Names/Names in Lyrics

CHAIR: Laurel Sutton (Catchword Branding, California, USA)

10:15 Stephen da Silva (Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Texas, USA): Re-Naming and the Paradoxes of Power in Forster’s Libretto to Billy Budd

10:45 Karen Duchaj (Northeastern Illinois University, USA): Stressed syllable constraints on English names in pop music: Evidence from Lennon and McCartney

12:00 -12:30 Names & the Law

CHAIR: Dorothy Dodge Robbins (Louisiana Tech University, USA)

12:00 Derek Warden (Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA, USA): Through the lens of due process: An historical introduction to the relationship between law and names

1:00-2:00 Lunch Break

2:00-3:00 Keynote Speech: Roots to Routes: Naming an American Radio Program

CHAIR: Dorothy Dodge Robbins (Louisiana Tech University, USA)

Nick Spitzer (Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA)

3:15-4:45 Names in British Literature

CHAIR: Grant Smith (Eastern Washington University, USA)

3:15 Grant Smith (Eastern Washington University: USA): The linguistic mix of names in Love’s Labor Lost

4:15 Victoria Axton (Louisiana Tech University, USA): Bella/Victoria’s beautiful victory: An onomastic feminist study of Alasdair Gray’s Poor Things

5:00-6:00 ANS Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation


Room: Bridge

8:30-10:00 French, Spanish, & Louisianan Names

CHAIR: Cleveland Kent Evans (Bellevue University, Nebraska, USA)

8:30 Cleveland Kent Evans (Bellevue University, Nebraska, USA): Pelican state babies: The top 100 given names in Louisiana, 1960-2017, compared with national figures

9:00 Richard Winters (The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA): Three Spanish surnames in French-speaking Louisiana

9:30 Marielle Côté-Gendreau (McGill University & Université de Montréal, Canada): Tracking Napoleon, his name and his myth in 19th century Quebec: Sociodemographic approach to a revealing naming trend

10:15-10:45 African Place Names

CHAIR: Mirko Casagranda (University of Calabria, Italy)

10:15 Zvinashe Mamvura (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany): Selective re-membering or selective forgetting? Streetscape and power in Zimbabwe

12:00-1:00 Names & the Medical Field

Chair: Jason Yi An Chen (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)

12:00 Brian King (University of Hong Kong): Names & keywords as “rich points”: The case of biomedical naming practices and intersex bodies

12:30 Osward Chanda (Central European University, Hungary): Safeguarding cultural heritage through personal and place names: Raising awareness through Zambian educational institutions and community

1:00-2:00 Lunch Break

3:15-4:15 Names in the Work Place

CHAIR: Luisa Caiazzo (University of Basilicata, Italy)

3:15 Catarina Saracco (University of Genoa, Italy): When you cannot say you are hungry: Leo Spitzer and the proper names of hunger in Italian

3:45 Brandon Simonson (Boston University, Massachusetts, USA): Ancient personal names in transliteration and translation: The case of Aramaic names in Syria and Mesopotamia


7:00pm ANS Conference Dinner

Grand Isle Restaurant

575 Convention Center Blvd



Sunday, January 5, 2020

Room: Steering

8:00-9:00 ANS Executive Council Meeting