The Names Society of Southern Africa is a society dedicated to the study of names, naming, and naming systems. The general areas of interest of members of the society cover personal names of all sorts (given names, family names, nicknames, etc. all known under the term ‘anthroponyms’), geographical names (also known as place names or toponyms), the use of names in literature (‘literary onomastics’ - ‘onomastics’ is the term used for the study of proper names. Scholars who study proper names are known as ‘onomasticians’), the names of commercial products (brand names), and the names of animals, ships, buildings, aeroplanes, in fact anything that can carry a proper name.
Members of the society come from a wide variety of disciplines: linguistics, historians, literature experts, geographers, to mention just a few. Some are teachers, others librarians or archivists, others civil servants and politicians, but all share an interest in names and naming.
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19th NSSA International Conference:Symbolism and Instrumentality in Naming Second call for papers 19th NSSA International Conference: Symbolism and Instrumentality in Naming
Organised by Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment and the NSSA University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa 20–22 September 2016
The Names Society of Southern Africa (NSSA) and the Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment at the University of the Free State cordially invite proposals for the next bi-annual international conference.
Registrations and abstract submissions are on-line on the conference page Topic of the conference: Symbolism and Instrumentality in Naming Language of the symposium: English
The naming of objects and the use of names is part of the daily routine of humanity. The study of names can fall within any discipline (for example linguistics, history, geography) and there is a variety of themes within the study of names, naming and naming systems.
The focus of this conference is on the symbolism and instrumentality in naming. Symbolism, as coined by poet Paul Verlaine in 1885 (French: symboliste) refers to the practice of representing things with symbols. What role does this play in the naming of objects and what instruments are used to name?
Abstracts (300-500 words) in the following (but not limited to) categories of research: · Anthroponyms (i.e. personal names; names in religion; nicknames, etc.) · Geographical Names (i.e. toponyms and place names) · Names in history · Literary onomastics (the use of names in literature) · Brand names · Politics of naming in a public sphere
Scientific council and paper selection committee Theodorus du Plessis (RSA): Director, Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment, University of the Free State Adrian Koopman (RSA): University of KwaZulu-Natal Bertie Neethling (RSA): University of the Western Cape Eventhough Ndlovu (RSA): Research Fellow, University of the Free State Johan Lubbe (RSA): Research Fellow, University of the Free State Johan Moll (RSA): Research Fellow, University of the Free State Lucie Möller (RSA): Research Fellow, University of the Free State Peter Raper (RSA): Research Fellow, University of the Free State
Keynotes Thenjiwa Meyiwa (RSA): Registrar, Durban University of Technology Peter Raper (RSA): Research Fellow and Extraordinary Professor (Linguistics), University of the Free State
Important dates · 1 March 2016 - Registrations and abstract submissions open · 30 June 2016 - Deadline for submission of abstracts · 15 July 2016 - Early Bird registrations close · 14 August 2016 - Registrations close
Conference fees Academic Early bird: R2 250 Standard: R2 750
Student Early bird: R1 000 Standard: R2 000
Conference proceedings There will be no conference proceedings per se. Authors are invited to submit their papers to Nomina Africa, accredited journal of the Names Society of Southern Africa. Queries
Please contact the organisational committee with any queries: