These extracts are taken from the Italian Lecture, delivered by Professor Nicholas Mann FBA, on 9 November 1999 at the British Academy.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Published in Review, July-December 1999.
Notes by Sir Tony Wrigley, President of the British Academy, for the July-December 1999 issue of the [British Academy] Review.
The English Place-Name Society has been in existence since 1923, and has been supported morally and financially by the British Academy for most of these 77 years. The main purpose of the Society is to conduct and to publish a national place-name survey. Professor Richard Coates, President of the English Place-Name Society, outlines the original aims of the project, and traces the paths of new developments springing from the central project.
A joint Royal Society/British Academy discussion meeting took place on 22–23 September 1999, organized by Professor Karen Spärck Jones FBA, Professor Gerald Gazdar FBA and Professor Roger Needham FRS, who report on the event.