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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.

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