Invitation to the 49th NORNA-symposium 2019

​Invitation to the 49th NORNA-symposium

Minority Names in Oral and Written Contexts in a Multi-Cultural World

24.–25.4.2019 in Guovdageaidnu (Kautokeino), Norway

NORNA’s 49. symposium will be held in the middle of the North Sámi area in the town of Guovdageaidnu (Norwegian Kautokeino) in northern Norway, 24.–25. April 2019. The symposium is set to last for two working days, with a provisional starting time of 09.00 on 24.4.2019 and finishing at 16.00 on 25.4.2019. Following the symposium, on 26.4.2019, there will be an optional excursion around the host town of Kautokeino.

The symposium is being hosted in colaboration with Sámi allaskuvla | Sámi University of Applied Sciences and Sámediggi | The Sámi Parliament in Norway, and will be held in the science-building, Diehtosiida, on the premises of Sámi University of Applied Sciences and the Sámi Parliament’s language department.

​Topic of the symposium:

The central topic of the symposium is to examine questions related to minority language names using various different approaches, as well as from a cross-disciplinary viewpoint. Presentations may deal with all types of name categories in onomastics, such as, e.g. minority language place names, personal names, administrative names, animal, business and artefact names.
The symposium has as its topic, both the oral and written contexts of minority language names, and the thematic of the presentations will therefore include all the various different aspects of minority language:
– names in oral use in all the various linguistic and cultural environments;
– names in linguistic contact in bi- or multilingual environments;
– names and identity;
– names in written and official contexts;
– names in linguistic landscapes;
– names in the context of legal protection and name policy.

Call for papers

We invite proposals for 20-minute paper presentations or for posters, by 30. September 2018 at the latest. Send your abstract of up to 300 words to: in Word-format.
The abstract should also include the participant’s name and e-mail address as well as the name of the institution. Approval of abstracts will be given by 15. November 2018 at the latest.

Symposium languages: the Nordic languages, Sámi or English.


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