Royal Commission on Toponymy & Dialectology
Annual Report 2008
The Royal Commission for Onomastics and Dialectology performs its scientific task under the high patronage of the Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten and the Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. It is the scientific aim of the Academy to study the onomastics (toponymy and anthroponymy) and the dialectology, especially in Belgium in both Germanic and Romance areas. The Commission therefore brings out scientific studies (Bulletin, Publications) about these disciplines. The Commission is also an advisory body; the government can always ask for its scientific advice.
The statutory meetings took place in the Palais des Académies – Paleis der Academiën in Brussels (Hertogstraat 1, rue Ducale) on 28 January, 26 May, and 27 October 2008. There were six section meetings (each time two of them on 28 January, 26 May, and 27 October 2008), one plenary meetings was held on 28 January, and two meetings of the board took place on 26 May, and 27 October 2008. In addition, an ad hoc ICT comity held an extraordinary board meeting on 14 January 2008.
Lectures held at the plenary meeting
Sven Steffens: La toponymie populaire urbaine aux 19e et 20e siècles – le cas de Molenbeek-Saint-Jean (Popular urban Toponymics in the 19th and 20th Century in Molenbeek, Brussels)
Lectures in the Flemish section
Jan Goossens: De Mythe van het Nedersaksisch (III) (The Myth of Low Saxon III)
Lectures in the Walloon section
Jean Germain: Le terme wallon biriboutche, une facétie de tailleurs de pierre?
(The Walloon Term biriboutche, a stone cutter’s joke?
Important deliberations in the board meeting, the plenary and the section meetingsWebsite
The commission launched its own website on March 1 2007. The information published to the site includes the scientific and advisory activities and the international contacts of the commission and its members. Etymological dictionary of municipality names
The Flemish section of the Royal Commission for Onomastics and Dialectology will this year conclude work on its "Verklarend woordenboek van de Vlaamse gemeentenamen" (Etymological dictionary of Flemish municipality names).
The board the Royal Commission for Onomastics and DialectologyFlemish section
The Bulletin LXXX (2008) counts 302 pages. It was exchanged for a number of periodicals and with scientific institutions. The publications acquired by purchase or exchange were stored in the library, which is located in the library of the Palais des Académies – Paleis der Academiën in Brussels (Hertogstraat 1, rue Ducale). Sixty copies are placed at the disposal of researchers and students at the scientific centres of the Belgian universities.
The study "Maurits Gysselings Toponymisch Woordenboek. Receptie, aanvullingen en correcties" (Maurits Gysseling's Toponymic Dictionary. Reception, supplements, and corrections) of Jozef Van Loon, member of the Flemish section of the Royal Commission for Onomastics and Dialectology, was published as Werk 26 and constitutes an indispensable supplement for every reader of Gysseling's dictionary.
With regard to street names the Commission was consulted by numerous Belgian local authorities in 2008.
The Commission further continued the linguistic adaptation of the geographical names of the ordnance survey maps published by the Nationaal Geografisch Instituut – Institut National Géographique.
The Royal Commission for Onomastics and Dialectology has been represented by his members on several international scientific meetings in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands.