The American Name Society

 In cooperation with the

The Linguistic Society of America



First Call:

 February 15, 2004 for San Francisco, January 6-9, 2005



Report on the 2004 Boston Meeting: 


At the ANS sessions, 19 papers were presented, and 24 people participated as authors, chairs, or discussants.  The world of onomastics was well-represented with participants from Canada, China, Finland, Israel, Malta, South Africa, and United Kingdom, as well as from the US.

The keynote speaker was Stanley Lieberson (Harvard University) who spoke on, “Popularity as a Taste: Application to the Naming Process.”  Our special speaker was Patrick Hanks (Editor-in-Chief, Dictionary of American Family Names) who spoke on, “Family names in America: Assimilation and Conservation.”  Ron Butters (Duke University) organized two outstanding sessions on brand names.

          We would also like to recognize Richard Sheil of SUNY, Fredonia, who designed the program cover, Paul Drexler for local arrangements, and ANS members who attended the sessions, Dorothy Litt, Ted Stevens, and Paul Sorvo.

          he first day’s sessions were especially well-attended with more than 30 in attendance for the morning program and more than 40 people for the afternoon program on brand names.  Noteworthy is that many attendees at the ANS sessions were from the Linguistic Society of America and the American Dialect Society.

          One feature introduced at the Boston meeting was to give authors the option of having a discussant for their papers.  Although not mandatory, discussants often added a great deal to the presentations.


San Francisco 2005.

          The American Name Society invites abstracts for papers and program suggestions for ANS sessions to be held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America, the American Dialect Society, and other organizations in San Francisco, 6-9 January 2005.   The preferred mode of transmission of abstracts or proposals is by email or e-mail attachment sent to:

Abstracts sent by surface mail are acceptable and should be addressed to:

Edwin D. Lawson
23 Westerly Drive
Fredonia NY 14063

          The meetings will take place at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero.  The rates for a single/double room are $115.00.
Abstracts on any area of onomastics are appropriate.  Abstracts of 150-200 words should be sent as soon as convenient but not later than 1 September 2004.  Proposals for panel discussions, nominations for distinguished or speakers or other types of proposals are due by August 1.

Eligibility.  Membership in the American Name Society is a requirement.  There is also an ANS registration fee (to cover items not covered by LSA, projector use, ANS printed programs, badges, etc.).  The charge in Boston was $16.

          There is a registration fee due the Linguistic Society of America (in addition to getting greatly reduced hotel rates, LSA offers us many special lectures and the book exhibit). This year the regular fee was $70 with other rates for students/retirees and for just one day.  Sessions of the American Dialect Society and other allied groups are also open to ANS members.

          If a paper is accepted for ANS, the abstract will be published in the LSA 180-page Meeting Handbook as well as the ANS program.  Further information on registration and on the hotel is to be available in May.

          All abstracts will be evaluated anonymously and senders will be notified by 15 September, 2004 or as soon as possible after that date.
Further information concerning the Linguistic Society of America and the 2005 LSA meeting in San Francisco can be obtained from the LSA homepage,


ANS/LSA San Francisco, January 2005  
Preliminary Indication of Interest
Your completion of this form at this time will help us plan the meeting.
Please include:
Author's name:
Author's affiliation:
Telephone no.:
Fax no.
E-mail address
Title of paper (or topic):
Proposal Suggestion
Time requested: 20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion NO DISCUSSANT.
                          20 minutes + 3 minutes DISCUSSANT – 7 minutes discussion
Special equipment (overhead projector, slide projector, etc.). 
Special scheduling requests:
  Details about membership in the American Name Society are at: