Royal Commission on Toponymy & Dialectology
Annual Report 2015
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 Paleis der Academiën – Palais des Académies in Brussels (Hertogstraat 1, rue Ducale) on 26 January, 18 May and 16 october 2015. There were six section meetings: each time two of them on 26 January, 18 May and 26 October 2015. A plenary meeting was held on 26 January; and a meeting of the board took place on 18 May and 26 october 2015.
Lectures held at the plenary meeting
Jozef Van Loon, Archeotoponymie en -antroponymie in het Midden-Maasgebied en Noord-Frankrijk.
Florian Mariage, Potjesvleesch à la tournaisienne. L’influence flamande sur les institutions locales du Tournaisis (XIIIe -XVIIe siècles)
Lectures in the Flemish section
Karel Leenders, Boekweit, wat een plantnaam ons leert
Vic Mennen, Inleiding tot de Limburgse waternamen
Jan Segers, Namen van voetbalstadions: tussen traditie en voortschrijdende commercialisering.
Lectures in the Walloon section
Pascale Renders, L'informatisation du FEW : état d'avancement et perspectives
Jean Loicq, L’occupation franque dans le bassin de la Meuse moyenne. Toponymie et archéologie.
Thierry Dutilleul et Xavier Querriau (bpost), Commission royale de Toponymie et de Dialectologie et bpost : un même jeu d’adresses
The Commission has its own regularly updated website that documents the Commission's scientific and advisory proceedings as well as the individual scientific activities, publications and international contacts of its members.
External editorial board of peer reviewers
The members of the Royal Commission for Onomastics and Dialectology have decided to establish a new editorial board for the periodical of the organisation (Handelingen / Bulletin). This editorial board will consist of both the Commission's members and the following eleven international experts, drawn from the various branches of science that are represented in the publications of the commission: Eva Buchi, Jean-Pierre Chambon, Georg Cornelissen, A.C.M. Goeman, Ludger Kremer, Wulf Müller, Bertie Neethling, Hermann Niebaum, Damaris Nübling, Jean-Louis Vaxelaire en Stefan Zimmer.
External Activities and Publications
The Bulletin LXXXVII (2015) counts 227 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). 20 copies are placed at the disposal of researchers and students at the scientific centres of the Belgian universities.
Number 26 of the series Mémoires of the Walloon section of the Royal Commission for Onomastics and Dialectology has been published in March 2015.
Actes du XVIe Colloque de la Société d’onomastique française
With regard to street names the Commission was consulted by numerous Belgian local authorities in 2015. 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 its members at several international scientific meetings, which allowed them to maintain contacts with their colleagues in Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, The United Kingdom and The Netherlands.