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2009 Geographic Names Conference

Del 08/09/2009 al 12/09/2009

The Council Of Gepgraphic Names Authorities prepara per al mes de setembre d’enguany la Geographic Names Conference a Charleston (South Carolina).,_sc.htm
Tuesday, September 8        
10:00–5:00     Registration in hotel lobby
3:00–5:00   Meeting of Southeastern Geographic Names Boards.  Participants include North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and South Carolina  [all participants are tentative]6:00–8:00  Reception (drinks and light refreshments).  Welcome by Joe Riley, Mayor of Charleston [tentative]DINNER ON YOUR OWN

Wednesday, September 9
7:30–noon    Registration
8:30–9:00     Welcome by Roger Payne and Tom Gasque, conference co-hosts
9:00–10:00   Keynote Address: South Carolina Past and Present [working title], Rodger Stroup, Director of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History Emeritus.
10:00–10:30   BREAK
10:30–noon    Monthly meeting of the Domestic Names Committee of the U. S. Board on Geographic Names (USBGN/DNC), Curt Loy, Chair
Noon–1:30     LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:30–3:00     USBGN/DNC meeting continued
3:00–3:30     BREAK
3:30–5:00     USBGN/DNC meeting continued

Thursday, September 10
8:30–10:00   Reports by State Names Authorities
10:00–10:30   BREAK
10:30–noon    State/Federal Roundtable.  Moderated by Tom Gasque & Rodger StroupThe State/Federal Roundtable is the name that has evolved for this very important session.  It represents the reason that the first Inter-Mountain States Geographic Names Conferencewas held, which at that time was specifically to discuss problems of procedure, policy, and application between the various State Names Authorities in the Rocky Mountain region and the United States Board on Geographic Names.  Over the years with the expansion of COGNA and the nature of toponymic problems relating to applied topoymy, this session still includes topics related to the original concept, but has expanded to include any geographic names problem related to matters of procedure, policy, and application.  Thirty-two years later this session should be considered the most important session of the conference.  Topics are often linked to the Principles, Policies, and Procedures but consideration should be much broader with subjects for GNIS and other matters of applied toponymy that delegates and attendees would deem of interest or useful to conference attendees.
Noon–1:30     LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:30–3:00     COGNA Business Meeting.  Open to all, but only one representative from each state may vote.
3:00–3:30     BREAK
3:30–5:00     The Doctor is In: an opportunity for State Names Authorities to discuss issues individually with BGN staff members 

Friday, September 11
8:30–9:15    Celebrating 125 Years of Topographic Maps, Mark Demulder, U.S. Geological Survey
9:15-10:00   Virtual Globes: Google Earth vs. ArcGIS Explorer, Doug Vandegraft, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service  Abstract:  Virtual globes provide the professional Geographer or Cartographer, as well as the public, a quick and easy way to view and map our planet.  In this presentation, the Chief Cartographer for the US Fish and Wildlife Service analyzes and compares two of the most popular virtual globes available.
10:00–10:30    BREAK
10:30–11:15    Digitizing the Board on Geographic Names Records for Online Access, Greg Allord
11:15–Noon    Enhancing Louisiana’s GNIS, an Outreach Effort Between USGS and the Louisiana Geographic Information Center, Craig Johnson    Over the last two years, Craig Johnson, Director of the Louisiana Geographic Information Center, has promoted the use of the GNIS in Louisiana with assistance from Chris Cretini, the USGS Liaison in Louisiana, by providing 12 GNIS workshops throughout the State.    The plan was simple; enlist the help of local governments in maintaining the Geographic Names Layer by “deputizing” locals after they have attended a three hour training workshop and hands on exercises using the GNIS.  Local government employees, primarily Communication District and Emergency Preparedness officials, were sent a spreadsheet containing a list of all the Geographic Names, listed in the GNIS, within their jurisdiction.  They had two weeks to look over the list before the workshop began and not any incorrect names, misspellings, missing information etc.  They brought the corrected lists with them to the class and these examples were used to demonstrate how to edit and add new data to the GNIS.    One unexpected benefit of the workshops was the discovery of GNIS by the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), which realized that the GNIS was an ideal tool for preserving historic French names in Louisiana.  USGS and LAGIC, are now working with CODOFIL to document French place names throughout the French speaking areas of Louisiana.
Noon–1:30      LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:30–2:00      Names and Naming in South Carolina, Tom Gasque, University of South Dakota, Emeritus
2:00–2:45     Native American Names in South Carolina, Chris Judge, University of South Carolina–Lancaster
2:45–3:15     BREAK
3:15–4:00     Gullah Culture and Names, Veronica Gerald, Coastal Carolina University
4:00–4:45     French Names around Port Royal, André Lapierre, University of Ottawa, Canada
4:45–5:00     Wrap-up
6:00–7:00     Reception (tickets required)
7:00–9:00     Annual Banquet.  Guest Speaker: Robert Rosen, Charleston Historian

Saturday, September 12:  Toponymic Tour, led by Rodger Stroup
8:00      Depart from hotel
12:00    Lunch
5:00      Return to hotel

Exposició: Aux origines des noms de village du Pays Catalan

Del 15/02/2009 al 31/08/2009

El Conseil Général des Pyrénées -Orientales us proposa descobrir l’origen de 226 noms de municipis catalans d’aquest departament a través de l’exposició “Aux origines des noms de village du Pays Catalan”, una mostra que explica les diferents maneres com es posa nom a una vila: pel relleu, per l’aigua, per la flora, per les persones… maneres que han de combinar-se amb quatre llengües (preromanes, llatí, català i francès). A més de les explicacions toponomàstiques, hi trobarem imatges aèries de cada municipi.
Lloc: Chapelle Notre-Dame des Anges, Galerie d’Art et d’Histoire, 32 rue Foch, Perpinyà
Entrada lliure

24a International Cartographic Conference

Del 15/11/2009 al 21/11/2009

Del 15 al 21 de novembre de 2009, se celebra a Santiago (Xile) la 24a International Cartographic Conference, en la què l’Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya (ICC) participa activament.
Per primera vegada una ciutat d’Amèrica del Sud és l’escenari privilegiat per a efectuar aquesta Conferència. Degut a la gran varietat de temàtiques que abarca, és possible veure una àmplia gamma de tecnologies, productes i serveis associats a les aplicacions cartogràfiques.
Més informació a

Conferència: “Per què cal ser lingüísticament sostenible?”

Día 12/05/2009

La doctora Carme Junyent, de la Universitat de Barcelona, oferirà la conferència “Per què cal ser lingüísticament sostenible?” a Tarragona. La doctora Junyent és una experta en antropologia lingüística i ha estudiat en profunditat el procés de vida de les llengües, les llengües africanes i la diversitat lingüística. No us la perdeu. 
Dia: 12 de maig
Hora: 12 hores
Lloc: sala de Graus del Campus Catalunya de la Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Avinguda, 35, Tarragona)

Trends in Toponymy

Del 28/06/2010 al 01/07/2010

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh invites you to Scotland’s capital and festival city in the summer of 2010 for the fourth instalment in the ‘Trends in Toponymy’ interdisciplinary conference series. The previous conferences in the series have been held in Kárášjohka-Karasjok, Ballarat and Durban.
The multilingual heritage and culture of Scotland will provide an excellent context within which to discuss recent advances in onomastics and strengthen the international links between researchers. Through the conference theme of ‘attitudes to names and naming’, it is hoped to improve understanding of the dialectic between different views on naming practices and policies. Bringing together leading experts on names from around the world, the conference will present a forum for sharing ideas between name scholars and practitioners, including those currently dealing with the standardisation of Gaelic names in Scotland.
In conjunction with the conference, a public event will be held at the National Library of Scotland to further understanding of the importance of promoting Gaelic and the official use of Gaelic place-names specifically.
Call for Papers
We are now inviting proposals for papers of twenty minutes in length on the conference theme of ‘attitudes to names and naming’. As previously in the series, this conference will continue to deal with place-names, but papers are also invited on personal names. Papers are especially welcome on the following topics:

  • Attitudes towards minority or aboriginal names
  • Names in multicultural or multilingual contexts
  • Names in official use (official maps, road signs etc.) or in everyday use
  • Name theory
  • Names in educational contexts or in the media
  • Names and the linguistic landscape

Proposals are invited from all fields of onomastics, linguistics, geography, anthropology, area studies, sociology, political and historical studies, literary studies, and other related subject areas. It is hoped to publish a selection of the most innovative papers from the conference.
If you wish to present a paper at the conference, please send an abstract (up to 300 words) and a short biographical description of the speaker or speakers to by 30 November 2009. These will be reviewed by the conference committee, and you will be notified of the outcome by 15 February 2010. More details about registration fees and the conference programme will also be sent and will be published on the conference website.

Conferència: II Setmana pel valencià a Petrer

Día 04/04/2009

Dins de la II Setmana pel valencià a Petrer, la professora Francesca Navarro, petrerina, presentarà la segona edició del llibre editat per l’Ajuntament de Preter Contalles del laberint, de Leandre Iborra, i en el mateix espai i dia el professor de la UA Vicent Brotons impartirà la conferència “El país, pasatge i paisanatge en l’obra d’Enric Valor”, que fa especial menció als topònims de Petrer.
Dia: 4 d’abril
Hora: 19.00 h
Lloc: Centre cultural

Congrés: 15th Names Congress of The Names Society of Southern Africa

Del 07/07/2009 al 11/07/2009

La Names Society of Southern Africa (NSA), en col·laboració amb el Centre for African Names Research (CANR), organitza a Pietermaritburg el XVè congrés. Els temes proposats són tres:

  • Place names and indentity
  • Minority-language place names
  • Place names in multilingual and multicultural contexts

Per saber-ne més, premeu aquí.
Secretaria del Congrés:

Congrés: “Capital Connections: nation, terroir, territoire”

Del 23/05/2009 al 24/05/2009

La Canadian Society for the Study of Names (CSNN) es trobarà a Otawa per a la 43 edició del seu congrés, que se celebrarà el 2010 a Montreal i el 2011 a New Brunswick.
Per saber-ne més, premeu aquí.
Please send in your paper proposal with abstract to arrive by Sunday, February 15, 2009 to:Bill Davey- Department of Languages and LettersCape Breton University / Sydney NS B1P 6L2 / Canada Phone: 902-563-1319 / Fax: 902-5620-0119 E-mail:

Congrés: “IV Ceská onomastická konference”

Del 15/09/2009 al 17/09/2009

Amb el títol “Diversitat i especificitat dels estudis d’onomàstica” se celebrarà a la Universitat d’Ostrava el IV Ceská onomastická konference. Les sessions previstes són:

  • Teoria i metodologia de l’onomàstica
  • Toponomàsticca
  • Antroponomàstica
  • Nom dels objectes i les institucions
  • Onomàstica literària
  • Onomàstica i altres disciplines

Per saber-ne més, premeu aquí.

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