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Early Places and Peoples

EARLY PLACES AND PEOPLES: PLACE-NAMES IN TEXTS AND CONTEXT

THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE EARLY MEDIEVAL TOPONYMY OF IRELAND AND SCOTLAND

 

Friday 5 September & Saturday 6 September 2008

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Research Centre

18 College Green

 

Organised by Mícheál Ó Mainnín & Paul Tempan

Irish & Celtic Studies

School of Languages, Literatures and Performing Arts,

Queen’s University, Belfast

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

 

FRIDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

09.00

REGISTRATION AND WELCOME

09.30-10.00

Paul Tempan : ‘Ros, torr and tul: topographical survivors from pre-Celtic strata?’

10.15-10.45

Graham Isaac: ‘The oldest recorded names in Ireland: Ptolemy’s Iouernia’

See Place-Names in Ptolemy’s Geography : An Electronic Data Base with Etymological Analysis of Celtic Name Elements. CD-ROM. 2004, CMCS Publications, Aberystwyth.

11.00-11.30

Alan James: ‘A slippery customer: Indo-European *slei and its progeny in Celtic place-names’

11.45-12.00

BREAK

12.00-12.30

Liam Mac Mathúna : ‘Early and earlier: towards a relative chronology of Irish place-naming’

See ‘On the provenance of the Early Irish topographical lexicon’ in M. Ó Flaithearta (ed.),  Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium of Societas Celtologica Nordica, 33-52.  2007, Uppsala University.

12.45-13.15

Simon Taylor : ‘Some thoughts on non-Gaelic Celtic place-names of Scotland’
Chapter forthcoming: ‘Pictish place-names revisited’, in S. Driscoll, J. Geddes and M. Hall (eds), Pictish Studies for the Twenty-first Century [working title].   Leiden and Boston: Brill.

13.30-14.30

LUNCH

14.30-15.00

Richard Cox : ‘Norse and Gaelic place-names in Scotland: the taxonomy of contact onomastics’

Article forthcoming in Journal of Scottish Name Studies 3.

15.15-15.45

Dónall Mac Giolla Easpaig : ‘Scandinavian influence on the toponymy of Ireland’

See ‘L’influence scandinave sur la toponymie irlandaise’ in E. Ridel (ed.), L’héritage maritime des Vikings en Europe de l’Ouest , 441-82.  2002, Presses universitaires de Caen, Caen.

16.00-16.15

BREAK

16.15-16.45

Edel Bhreatnach: ‘Viewing the landscape through early Irish texts’

17.00-17.30

Mícheál Ó Mainnín : ‘On aspects of the name Macha’.

Article forthcoming: The Toponymy of the Plain of Macha, Co. Armagh .  

SATURDAY 6 SEPTEMBER

09.30-10.00

Cathy Swift: ‘Church names and their significance for the cult of Patrick’

10.15-10.45

Kay Muhr : ‘Early terms for burial monuments: fert and lecht’
Article forthcoming.  See also Some aspects of Manx and (northern) Irish monument names’ in O.J. Padel and David N. Parsons, (eds), A Commodity of Good Names : Essays in Honour of Margaret Gelling (Donnington: Shaun Tyas, 2008), 217-32.

11.00-11.15

BREAK

11.15-11.45

Sharon Arbuthnot: ‘Names of places and people in early Irish glossaries’

12.00-12.30

Kevin Murray : ‘Early Fíanaigecht place-names’

12.45-13.15

CLOSURE

 

For further information, contact Mícheál Ó Mainnín, ex. 3717, m.omainnin@qub.ac.uk
or Paul Tempan, ex. 3890, p.tempan@qub.ac.uk