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Geographical problems of toponomy


Cosimo Palagiano, University of Rome La Sapienza (Italy)


The aim of this session is to consider the function of the geographical names in Europe, from their  ethnic and cultural point of view. In addition special attention will be paid to the historical and cartographical presence in ancient maps. The relationship between the geographical names and political and strategical events is investigated.

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Cosimo Palagiano, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy - The place names of migrants
During the great migration from Italy to other countries in 80’s of 19th century, some groups of migrants called the new cities with the names of their cities of origin. In this paper the reasons of their choice are discussed. Can we define these new names as exonyms ?

Peter Jordan, Austrian Academy of Science, Austria - Up to where is a place name an endonym? A view on name/feature relations
Abstract: For the endonym/exonym divide it is essential, whether or inhowfar a community refers to a feature as part of its place. Endonyms are names used by a community for features regarded to be "their own". This divide is particularly delicate with transboundary features in the sense of geographical features extending across community boundaries or into areas beyond any sovereignty. Where is, e.g., the line drawn between "one's own" and "the other" on seas? Do people living on one side or in a part of a higher and larger mountain range feel emotionally attached to the whole feature? This is just to mention a selection out of many cases. And which are exactly the consequences for the endonym/exonym divide in all these cases? Up to where has a place name the status of an endonym? From which line on switches the same name to exonym status? The paper will try to find answers to these questions.

Laura Cassi, University of Florence, Italy - Old and new geographies to study the place names
Abstract: One century ago, geography was studying the place names especially to find its own terminology. Today, in the belief that the self-recognition processes do play a not secondary role in local development processes, the geographical approach in the toponymic study is especially useful for awakening the sense of belonging to places.

Francesco Zan - Place names in the midst of crowdsourcing, collaborative mapping and advertising on virtual globes
Abstract: Crowdsourcing, collaborative mapping and advertising on virtual globes are all dependent on high level of interactivity of on-line users. What future for place names appearing and disappearing so fast in digital maps? What relationship links place names and advertising on digital maps? What is the impact of interactivity on our virtual spatial perception?

Vincenzo Aversano
and Silvia Siniscalchi - The place names of the maps of Aragona and their function of "excellence" in the Kingdom of Naples: a comparison with the European maps through some "samples"
Abstract: The place names of the "topographic maps" of Aragona of the Kingdom of Naples had an important function in the territory's planning. Through comparison among these place names with "toponymic champions" of the European cartography, Europe comes out defeat.

Session code: P02


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Sergio Conti
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and Advisory

Filippo Celata
Sandra Leonardi
Marco Maggioli
Fiippo Randelli
Alessandro Ricci
Andrea Riggio
Claudia Robiglio
Massimiliano Tabusi


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