The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming

Hardcover | February 20, 2016

EditorCarole Hough

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In this handbook, scholars from around the world offer an up-to-date account of the state of the art in different areas of onomastics, in a format that is both useful to specialists in related fields and accessible to the general reader. All known languages make use of names, most commonly toidentify individual people and places. Since Ancient Greece, names have been regarded as central to the study of language, and this has continued to be a major theme of both philosophical and linguistic enquiry throughout the history of Western thought. The investigation of name origins is morerecent, as is the study of names in literature. Relatively new is the study of names in society, which draws on techniques from sociolinguistics and has gradually been gathering momentum over the last few decades.The structure of this volume reflects the emergence of the main branches of name studies, in roughly chronological order. The first Part focuses on name theory and outlines key issues about the role of names in language, focusing on grammar, meaning, and discourse. Parts II and III deal with thestudy of place-names and personal names respectively, while Part IV outlines contrasting approaches to the study of names in literature, with case studies from different languages and time periods. Part V explores the field of socio-onomastics, with chapters relating to the names of people, places,and commercial products. Part VI then examines the interdisciplinary nature of name studies, before the concluding Part presents a selection of animate and inanimate referents ranging from aircraft to animals, and explains the naming strategies adopted for them.

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In this handbook, scholars from around the world offer an up-to-date account of the state of the art in different areas of onomastics, in a format that is both useful to specialists in related fields and accessible to the general reader. All known languages make use of names, most commonly toidentify individual people and places. Since...

Carole Hough is Professor of Onomastics at the University of Glasgow, where she has lectured for nearly 20 years. She is a historical linguist with particular interests in the development of the English language and the role of name evidence. She has published extensively on name studies and other topics, and has served as President of...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:800 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:February 20, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of figuresList of abbreviationsThe contributors1. Carole Hough: IntroductionPart I: Onomastic Theory2. Willy Van Langendonck and Mark Van de Velde: Names and grammar3. Staffan Nystrom: Names and meaning4. Elwys De Stefani: Names and discoursePart II: Toponomastics5. Simon Taylor: Methodologies in place-name research6. Carole Hough: Settlement names7. Svante Strandberg: River names8. Peter Drummond: Hill and mountain names9. Peder Gammeltoft: Island names10. Julia Kuhn: Rural names11. Bertie Neethling: Street names. A changing urban landscape12. Stefan Brink: Transferred names and analogy in name-formationPart III: Anthroponomastics13. Edwin D. Lawson: Personal naming systems14. Katharina Leibring: Given names in European naming systems15. Patrick Hanks and Harry Parkin: Family names16. Eva Brylla: Bynames and nicknames17. Adrian Koopman: Ethnonyms18. Ellen S. Bramwell: Personal names and anthropology19. George Redmonds: Personal names and genealogyPart IV: Literary Onomastics20. Grant W. Smith: Theoretical foundations of literary onomastics21. Bertie Neethling: Names in songs. A comparative analysis of Billy Joel's We Didn't Start The Fire and Christopher Torr's Hot Gates22. Birgit Falck-Kjallquist: Genre-based approaches to names in literature23. Karina van Dalen-Oskam: Corpus-based approaches to names in literature24. Paul Cavill: Language-based approaches to names in literaturePart V: Socio-onomastics25. Terhi Ainiala: Names in society26. Emilia Aldrin: Names and identity27. Guy Puzey: Linguistic landscapes28. Laura Kostanski: Toponymic attachment29. Irma Taavitsainen and Andreas H. Jucker: Forms of address30. Katarzyna Aleksiejuk: Pseudonyms31. Paula Sjoblom: Commercial namesPart VI: Onomastics and Other Disciplines32. Richard Jones: Names and archaeology33. Serge Bredart: Names and cognitive psychology34. Margaret Scott: Names and dialectology35. Peder Gammeltoft: Names and geography36. Gillian Fellows-Jensen: Names and history37. Richard Coates: Names and historical linguistics38. Berit Sandnes: Names and language contact39. Andreas Teutsch: Names and law40. Alison Grant: Names and lexicography41. Kay Muhr: Place-names and religion. A study of Early Christian IrelandPart VII: Other Types of Names42. Guy Puzey: Aircraft names43. Katharina Leibring: Animal names44. Marc Alexander: Astronomical names45. Adrian Koopman: Names of dwellings46. Richard Coates: Railway locomotive names and train names47. Malcolm Jones: Ship namesReferencesIndex