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LINGUIST List 23.1344

Fri Mar 16 2012

Confs: Sociolinguistics, Typology/France

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Date: 15-Mar-2012
From: Betina Schnabel <betina.schnabeluniv-rennes2.fr>
Subject: Challenges in Synchronic Toponymy: Structure, Context and Use
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Challenges in Synchronic Toponymy: Structure, Context and Use
Short Title: ToponymRennes

Date: 22-Mar-2012 - 23-Mar-2012
Location: Rennes (Brittany), France
Contact: Jonas Löfström & Betina Schnabel-Le Corre
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Meeting URL: http://www.sites.univ-rennes2.fr/lidile/

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics; Typology

Meeting Description:

Challenges in Synchronic Toponymy: Structure, Context and Use
International Conference on March 22 - 23, 2012 at the University of Rennes 2, France
Toponymie Synchronique Multilingue (TopoLing) Equipe d'Accueil
LIDILE (EA 3874) - Université Rennes 2

Perhaps more than any other word class proper names are situated at the interface of languages and most researchers no longer consider them as mere tags. On the contrary, synchronic approaches now arouse interest among linguists as the increasing number of projects related to synchronic toponymy shows.

Actually, although the relative textual frequency of proper names is not very high, their relative lexical frequency appears to be significant. Synchronic studies of proper names and mainly toponyms is therefore an essential task, not only to determine the conditions of their use, but also to describe their structure and lexical status as well as the psychological, sociological and political implications of their use and function in discourse. All these factors account for the great variety of linguistic projects related to toponyms, i.e. grammatical and morphosyntactical studies, modelisation, as well as the use of toponyms in spoken and written contexts.

This conference will offer the opportunity to take stock of this question and to identify the heuristic value of synchronic research in toponymy for the descriptions of languages.

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