XVIe Colloque d'Onomastique

Call for Papers: Trends in Toponymy 5

Trends in Toponymy 5 logo
The fifth Trends in Toponymy Conference will be held at the University of Berne (Switzerland), July 9-13, 2012. The conference provides an international forum for current issues of and recent advances in diachronic and synchronic research on place names. The aim is to bring together researchers and graduate students working within the domains of linguistics, onomastics, geography and related disciplines. The conference language is English.

Call for Papers: Challenges in synchronic toponymy

Please see the attached conference flyer.

Call for papers: Names in the Economy IV

Names in the Economy IV

International symposium, Turku 14–16 June 2012

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FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS: 15th Names Congress of the NSA

The Names Society of Southern Africa (NSA), jointly with the Centre

Philip Dance RIP

Colleagues:

It is with deep regret that I forward the news of the untimely death of Philip Dance of the University of Portsmouth, UK on October 21, 2008. Dance was 59 and had a blood clot on his bowel. After surgery, he died of septic shock.

Dance was a bibliographer of onomastics. During the past week, I had announced some of his bibliographic work available on the web. We had also collaborated on a major bibliography also on the web.

He will be missed.

Edwin D. Lawson

Name of the Month: Tafua, Tavua

Tafua, Tavua: Volcanic placenames in the South Pacific

William Bligh visited Tonga, in western Polynesia, while serving under Cook on his third and last voyage, and in 1789 he returned to Tonga in search of water and provisions for his ship, HMS Bounty, which had been commissioned to transport breadfruit from Tahiti to the West Indies. Thirty miles to the southwest of the volcanic island of Tofua, which was belching forth great columns of smoke and flame at the time, the famous mutiny led by Fletcher Christian took place.

Name of the Month: Motlalepula

Motlalepula

This is SeTswana for `Bringer of Rain' (compare the unit of currency of Botswana, the pula `rain', for rain is prosperity on the edge of the Kalahari (Kgalagadi)). It is used as a given name for both males and females, and may accordingly serve as a surname. It can be abbreviated to Pula. It was formally bestowed on Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth by President Nelson Mandela in 1996 because she arrived for a visit to Gauteng in South Africa during an unusually wet

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