CfP: ‘Etymological Thinking in the 19th and 20th Century’

The University of Oxford will be holding a two-day conference titled ‘Etymological Thinking in the 19th and 20th Century’ on 6-7 November 2015. Confirmed keynote speakers are Dr Philip Durkin, Deputy Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and Dr Federico Faloppa from the University of Reading.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the political use of etymology;
  • the relevance of etymologies to the construction of sense in fictional or autobiographical narratives and in poetry;
  • etymology and language planning;
  • writers’ and intellectuals’ involvement in lexicographic and etymological work;
  • etymological dictionaries;
  • folk etymology;
  • learned/popular lexicon;
  • etymology and theories of language and language change;
  • the history of particular languages.

Abstracts of 250-word proposals for 30-minute papers are invited. The deadline for abstracts is 31 May 2015.

See the call for papers for details.