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Subscription time for 2011

The ICOS Treasurer, Katharina Leibring, wants to inform you that it is now subscription time for ICOS members. The membership fee for 2011 is 20 euros. For anyone showing evidence of current doctoral student status the membership fee is 10 euros. The ICOS Board wants to draw your attention to the fact that nominators...

Web site migration finished

The ICOS web site update is now finally over. Over the winter the site was transferred from a server offered by the University of Sussex to a web hosting service in Finland, and at the same time the site layout and underlying support structures were changed extensively. The process did not go completely smoothly,...

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

The Names Society of Southern Africa (NSA), jointly with the Centre for African Names Research (CANR) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, will be hosting the 15th Names Congress of the NSA, which will also include the follow-up to the two Trends in Toponymy conferences held recently in Ballarat, Australia and Karasjohka, Norway. The conference...

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...

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...

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....

Name of the Month: Brighton

Brighton Brighton, in Sussex on the south coast of England, formerly Brighthelmston, has an Old English name meaning `Brihthelm’s farm or estate’, where the male personal name involved, in “standard” or normalized West Saxon dialect, would have been Beorhthelm `bright-helmet’. It is not recorded before Domesday Book in 1086. For most of its history...

Name of the Month: Regensburg

Regensburg Regensburg liegt am nördlichsten Punkt der Donau. Die Stadt geht auf eine Gründung der Römer zurück, sie ist heute Hauptstadt des bayerischen Regierungsbezirks Oberpfalz, Sitz der Fürsten von Thurn und Taxis, hat einen berühmten Dom, in dem die Regensburger Domspatzen singen. Ihr Name hat nichts mit dem Regen, der vom Himmel fällt, zu...

Name of the Month: Pisa

PISA The name of the month for our Congress is short and quite difficult. Pisa is a name of pre-Roman, and possibly even pre-Etruscan, origin about which nothing can be said with certainty. It is remarkable that its name has remained almost unchanged through all the history of the Italian peninsula. In Roman times...

Name of the Month: Rother

The district council ROTHER in Sussex, England The name of the Sussex district council is taken from the name of the river that flows through it from its sources near Five Ashes and south-east of Rotherfield village to the sea at Rye. The river-name is taken from the name of Rotherfield, and that is...

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