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LINGUIST List 20.4260

Fri Dec 11 2009

Calls: Historical Ling/ONOMA (Jrnl)

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        1.    Martina Pitz, ONOMA

Message 1: ONOMA
Date: 11-Dec-2009
From: Martina Pitz <pitzuniv-lyon3.fr>
Subject: ONOMA
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Full Title: ONOMA

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2010

Dear friends and colleagues,
The Board of Directors of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences
has decided to devote vol. 45 of its journal ONOMA to the theme 'The
History and Significance of Onomastics in Diachrony and Synchrony'.
The editors of this volume will be Maria Giovanna Arcamone (University of
Pisa, Italy; arcamoneling.unipi.it) and Martina Pitz (University of Lyon,
France; pitzuniv-lyon3.fr).

The choice of this theme rests on the observation that during the classical
era of historical and comparative linguistics, proper names were still
perceived as central subject matter for research and held in corresponding
regard, whilst at the beginning of the 21th century there are those who
have a gloomy view of the tasks and prospects of onomastics. It has often
been alleged that this linguistic subdiscipline has, to some extent at
lest, lost connexion with general trends within linguistics. It would not
be wrong to assume that onomastics is right now engaged in a process of
collective reflexion to map out for itself new scientific subject matter
and goals. This is leading to the opening-up of many new avenues of
investigation. Its practitioners are developing a new understanding of the
subject as a discipline equally amenable to the framing of both synchronic
and diachronic questions; new research fields are opening up in literary
onomastics, the analysis of product-names and brand-names and
socio-onomastics, and a synergy is developing between onomastics and
discourse analysis.

ONOMA 45 wishes to pursue the question of which concrete developments have
led to noteworthy advances in onomastics since the beginnings of scientific
interest in investigating names, and which may lead to further advances.
This can be achieved through studies with descriptive, history of sciences
and/or methodological orientations, with no restriction on the range of
languages or sub-areas of onomastics represented. What has led in the past
to new momentum, and what may therefor again make onomastics an attractive
area in which to work? Is it new scope for tapping into sources, and,
relatedly, technical advances in handling these sources using IT and new
media? Or the introduction of new methods in linguistics and new approaches
in interpretation? Or the formulation of new questions and the opening-up
of new areas? Or thar much-vaunted interdisciplinary orientation: contact
and dialogue with disciplines beyond linguistics?

We invite interested colleagues to submit, by 15 February 2010, a title and
a short abstract of about 10-15 lines to both the following addresses:


Authors of submissions which are accepted will be informed by 28 February
2010. Completed articles, which should not exceed 15-20 pages in length,
must be submitted 31 August 2010, at the latest. They may be submitted in
English, French or German.

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