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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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Call for Papers – “American Onomastics” 

The editorial board of Onoma, journal of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences publishing in English, German, or French, seeks contributions to a themed volume (number 59 to appear in 2024) on the study of names in America (i.e., as they are used or applied in North, Central, or South America, or as they may...

ICOS Summer School 2023

Dear all, we are very pleased to report that the University of Glasgow has agreed to host the 2023 ICOS Summer School in their newest building: the Advanced Research Centre. UofG are providing full-day access to a series of rooms and the atrium from Monday-Friday 9:00-17:00, on the dates of 21-25 August 2023. The...

CfP: ICOS 2024, 1st Circular Letter

The 28th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS) will be organized in Helsinki, Finland, on 19–23 August 2024. The theme of the congress is Sustainability of names, naming and onomastics. You can find information about the congress, including theme description, keynote speakers, important dates, congress fees, and call for workshop proposals, in the first circular...

ICOS & ABRALIN joint lecture

This talk aims to offer an overview of toponymic studies on Brazilian Sign Language, Libras, and to present a morphological analysis of Brazilian Sign Language signs that name 51 of the 75 Curitiba neighborhoods. Specifically, we will show the results of a study carried out by Xavier and Ferreira (2021) on the lexical creation...

Lecture “Toponymic studies on Brazilian Sign Language”

25 January 2023 (BRT: 3 pm, CET: 7 pm, UTC: 6 pm, EET: 8 pm, AEDT: 5 am)  André Xavier – Alexandre Melo de Sousa: Toponymic studies on Brazilian Sign Language (YouTube, ABRALIN & ICOS joint lecture) Abstract: This talk aims to offer an overview of toponymic studies on Brazilian Sign Language, Libras. We will present a...

CfP: The XXth All-Ukrainian and International Onomastic Conference

On May 18-19, 2023, the XX All-Ukrainian and International Onomastic Conference will be held at the Institute of Philology of Ivan Franko Zhytomyr State University in a remote format (Zoom). This conference will be dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Prof. Vasyl Nimchuk, Corresponding Member of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences.  The working languages of...