Not only in the special sections on conferences of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS), but also elsewhere a certain tradition has been established organising independent symposia devoted to names in business and the economy. In October 2005 took place the workshop ''Wirtschaft, Kommunikation und Sprache'' (''Economy, Communication, and Language'') held during the Austrian Linguistics Conference in Graz. The series of symposia ''Names in the Economy'' started officially at Antwerp in 2006. The second symposium was organised in Vienna in 2007, a third symposium was held in Amsterdam in June 2009 and a fourth in June 2012, in Turku/Finland.
The present volume contains most of the papers given at the international symposium on Names in the Economy, held at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien from 15 to 16 June 2007. Most of these correspond to presentations given there, but some develop ideas that emerged in discussion at the conference. As regards editorial policy, it was our conscious decision not to follow the general tendency to use English as the sole academic language, but rather to publish in a variety of different languages. The contributors to this volume come from different academic and non-academic backgrounds and are at different stages of their careers.
The book is divided into four sections: after various general studies (1) come contributions on the genesis and structure of brand names (2) and on diachronic aspects of brand names (3). The volume concludes with a number of case studies (4).