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The official languages of ICOS are French, German, and English.
Die offiziellen Sprachen des ICOS sind Englisch, Französisch und Deutsch.
Les langues officielles de l’ICOS sont l’allemand, l’anglais, et le français.

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International Council of Onomastic Sciences
The International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS) is the international organisation for all scholars who have a special interest in the study of names (place-names, personal names, and proper names of all other kinds). The aim of the Council is the advancement, representation and co-ordination of name research on an international level and in an interdisciplinary context. This new organisation replaces the former International Committee of Onomastic Sciences which, as a closed society, exclusively co-opted representatives of countries and was therefore not open to individual scholars.
L'International Council of Onomastic Sciences
L'International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS) est l'organisation internationale de tous les chercheurs ayant les noms propres pour objet d'étude (noms de personne, noms de lieu et autres noms propres). L'organisation a pour but d'encourager, représenter et coordonner la recherche onomastique au niveau international et en contexte interdisciplinaire. Elle remplace l'ancien International Committee of Onomastic Sciences, ‘club fermé’ réservé aux représentants nationaux cooptés, à l'exclusion des chercheurs individuels.
Der International Council of Onomastic Sciences
Der International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS) ist die internationale Organisation aller Forscher, die sich mit Namen (Ortsnamen, Personennamen und sonstigen Eigennamen) beschäftigen. Ziel der Organisation ist die Förderung, die Vertretung und die Koordination der Namenforschung auf internationaler Ebene und im interdisziplinären Zusammenhang. Diese neue Vertretung löst das alte International Committee of Onomastic Sciences ab, das als ‘geschlossene Gesellschaft’ ausschliesslich Vertreter eines Landes kooptierte und Einzelforschern nicht offenstand.

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On the origins, aims and methods of Interactional Onomastics

by Elwys De Stefani (Heidelberg, Germany) Language philosophers and onomasticians of different approaches have variously emphasised the centrality of usage in ascertaining the nature and functions of proper names (see Coates 2017 for a recent discussion). Surprisingly, however, onomastic scholars have scarcely ever tried to document and examine how speakers actually use proper names...

Prof. Bertie Neethling (1947 – 2022)

Dear Colleagues, It is with great sadness that we have to inform you about the passing away of Prof. (SJ) Bertie Neethling (21/10/1947 – 20/09/2022), member of ICOS from South Africa (University of the Western Cape). He published many studies in scientific journals (Onoma, Names, Nomina Africana, etc.), in proceedings and collective volumes, as...

5th ‘Onomastics Online’ Lecture on September 27, 2022

Onomastics Online27 September 2022, 6:00 PM (UTC)Elwys De Stefani (Heidelberg University)”Speaking with names”: On the origins, aims and methods of Interactional OnomasticsYouTube link Abstract: Language philosophers and onomasticians of different approaches have variously emphasised the centrality of usage in ascertaining the nature and functions of proper names (see Coates 2017 for a recent discussion)....

Appel à contribution pour Onomastica Canadiana 2022

Nous invitons les chercheurs et les enseignants intéressés par l’onomastique à contribuer à la réalisationde notre prochain numéro ainsi que d’un numéro spécial dédié à une thématique spécifique. Appel à contribution pour le prochain numéro de la revue 2022 https://ojs.lib.uwo.ca/index.php/oc/index Les titres du dossier de ces numéros seront : Pour la prochaine revue :...

ICOS Newsletter 2022

At ICOS we are committed to keeping our members updated with our latest research findings, upcoming events, publications and developments in the organization. FOR THE LATEST NEWSLETTER, CLICK HERE.

CfP: “The Evolution of Shakespeare’s Names on Screen, Stage, and Page”

The seminar “The Evolution of Shakespeare’s Names on Screen, Stage, and Page”, which will be convened during the 2023 conference organised by ESRA, thus invites contributions which include (but are not restricted to) the following topics: Shakespeare’s name changes within plays and from sources. From names to nicknames, a substantial number of names have...

Call for Papers: 2023 ANS annual conference

The American Name Society is now inviting proposals for papers for its next annual conference. After considering an official proposal made on the 27th of May 2022, the Executive Council of the American Name Society voted to hold the 2023 Annual Conference online, as have done in the previous two years. All presentation sessions...

Riemer Reinsma (1941-2022)

Dear colleagues and friends, It is with great sadness that we have to inform you about the passing away of Riemer Reinsma, member of ICOS from the Netherlands and almost a founding member of Joint ICA/IGU Commission on Toponymy and participant of most of toponymic events, where he was known for his exceptional topics. During...

Appel à rédacteur – Onomastica Canadiana

Onomastica Canadiana invite les candidatures pour un nouveau rédacteur en chef; une équipe de deux corédacteurs sera autant considérée. Ce poste bénévole sera disponible à partir du 1er août 2022. Le mandat initial sera de trois ans, avec renouvellement d’un commun accord. Onomastica Canadiana a été fondée en 1951 et est passée à un...