LINGUIST List 11.1311

Mon Jun 12 2000

FYI: Hanks at Harvard, Calling African Lang Scholars

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  1. James Pustejovsky, talk by Patrick Hanks JUNE 14, 2000 3-5pm HARVARD
  2. G J Koning, Calling African Language Scholars

Message 1: talk by Patrick Hanks JUNE 14, 2000 3-5pm HARVARD

Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000 15:43:57 -0400
From: James Pustejovsky <>
Subject: talk by Patrick Hanks JUNE 14, 2000 3-5pm HARVARD

Talk by Patrick Hanks

Title: The Multiplicitous Origins of American Family Names
BY: Patrick Hanks
TIME: Wed. June 14th 3:00 - 5:00pm
Boylston Auditorium
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
SPONSOR: James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University

The Multiplicitous Origins of American Family Names

Patrick Hanks

What are our surnames? Where do they come from? When and where did
they originate?

Every major culture in the world has contributed to the linguistic
forms of American family names, and yet most of these names have never
been satisfactorily explained. The task has simply been too daunting.
But now, electronic media have made investigation possible for an
international group of names scholars collaborating closely on a
regular basis via email, despite their wide geographical separation.

The Dictionary of American Family Names will contain some 80,000
entries, with comparative frequencies, linguistic and historical
explanations, selected associated forenames, and occasional
genealogical notes. It will explain the family names of over 90% of
the population. The purpose of the project is not to investigate every
name in great depth, but to provide a reliable framework or background
for future genealogical, historical, geographical, and demographic


Patrick Hanks is Editor in Chief of the Dictionary of American Family
Names. He is co-author of `A Dictionary of Surnames', `A Dictionary
of First Names', and `The Concise Oxford Dictionary of First Names.'
Until April 2000 he was chief editor of Current English Dictionaries
at Oxford University Press, where he was chief editor of The New
Oxford Dictionary of English, The New Oxford Thesaurus of English, and
other works. He has published widely on corpus linguistics as well as
lexicography and names studies.
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Message 2: Calling African Language Scholars

Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 11:39:27 +0200
From: G J Koning <>
Subject: Calling African Language Scholars

Announcement and Invitation:

The Department of African Languages of the University of South Africa 
(DAL-UNISA) in partnership with the Association of African Universities 
(AAU) invites all scholars in African languages and literature to 
participate in a new project, of which the main objectives are:

* to compile a Who's Who list of African Scholars currently living in 
Africa and specialising in the field of African Languages and Literatures

* to establish a database on the training and research of African 
Languages and Literature in African universities

A web site with online questionnaires has been set up for this purpose. 
The information gathered can also be viewed here. Please visit 
or contact Prof. Rosalie Finlayson at 
or Prof. Sozinho Matsinhe at

Gert Koning
Systems developer
Dept. Computer Services
University of South Africa
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