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NSW Branch: Exploring phytonymy: What flower names tell us

21 June 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST

Date: Wednesday 21 June – 6pm for 7pm – 8.30pm.

Event: Illustrated talk by Dr Geoffrey Hull – Exploring Phytonymy: What flower names tell us

“Rose, pansy, iris, violet…have you ever wondered what these words might mean and how they have been applied to particular plants? PHYTONYMY is the study of plant names and the reasoning behind this. Come along and hear the meaning of plant names revealed. “

Dr Geoffrey Hull is an a honorary associate of the Department of International Studies, Macquarie University, and retired Professor of Linguistics and Director of the National Language Institute at the University of East Timor. As a professional philologist researching the evolution of languages and their cultural contexts, he was involved in several projects concerning the nomenclature of tropical plant species while working in Timor between 2001 and 2008, and studied in particular their vernacular names and the rationale behind their terminology.

As a keen gardener himself, Geoffrey has extended his interest to the scientific and popular names given to the plants cultivated in Australian gardens. In this talk he explores the inner meanings and cultural and historical associations of the names of our favourite flowers, not only their official Latin and English appellations, but the names given them in other European languages.

Venue: Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill.

Cost: Members $20 Guests $30 includes light refreshments. Bookings essential.


21 June 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST
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