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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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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...

Richard Coates: Introducing the Pragmatic Theory of Properhood

The lecture series Onomastics Online continued on 18 May 2022 with a presentation given by Professor emeritus Richard Coates (University of the West of England) with the title “TPTP: Introducing the Pragmatic Theory of Properhood”. 0:00 – 3:58 Introduction 3:58 – 53:20 Presentation 53:20 – 1:06:26 Discussion For more information about the lecture series,...

4th ‘Onomastics Online’ Lecture on May 18, 2022

Onomastics Online18 May 2022, 2:00 PM (UTC)Richard CoatesUniversity of the West of England, Bristol, UKIntroducing The Pragmatic Theory of Properhood (TPTP) Abstract: This lecture is a basic guide to the theory of names that I have been working on since about 2000, and exposed first in my article in Language 82 (2006). It will...

Family name Atlas of German-speaking Switzerland

The new project has been started in Bern on February 1st 2022. It is the largest project for the research of Swiss surnames: „Family name atlas of German-speaking Switzerland. With perspectives on the Swiss Romance-language regions“ (short FDS) or in German: “Familiennamenatlas der Deutschschweiz. Mit Ausblicken auf die romanischen Sprachgebiete”: https://www.familiennamenatlas.unibe.ch/

Personal Names: an introduction to Brazilian anthroponymy

Autoria:Eduardo Tadeu Roque AmaralMárcia Sipavicius Seide “Personal names: an introduction to Brazilian anthroponymy”, authored by Eduardo Tadeu Roque Amaral and Márcia Sipavicius Seide, Brazilian researchers specialized in the area of lexical studies, specifically focused on the discussion of personal names, fills an existing gap in Linguistics in Brazil, more specifically regarding onomastic studies, since...

Onomastic investigations from a cognitive approach

Reszegi Katalin. Kognitív szemléletű névtudományi vizsgálatok.  A Magyar Névarchívum Kiadványai 54. Debrecen, Debreceni Egyetemi Kiadó, 2022. 264 lap. (with an English summary, Cognitive approach in onomastics, 211-226) This book presents the several aspects of name giving and name usage within a cognitive framework, using the most influential theories of cognitive...

Lecture “The lexical load of proper names for second language readers”

The lecture series Onomastics Online continued on 11 April 2022 with a presentation given by Dr. Kimberly Klassen (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University) with the title “The lexical load of proper names for second language readers of English”. 0:00 – 3:21 Introduction 3:21 – 50:55 Presentation 50:55 – 1:10:29 Discussion For more information about the...