The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming

The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming

by Carole Hough (Editor)


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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. 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 more recent, 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 the study 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198815532
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 810
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

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 is currently President of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, Vice-President of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, and a Council Member of the English Place-Name Society.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
List of Contributors
1. Introduction, Carole Hough
Part I: Onomastic Theory
2. Names and Grammar, Willy Van Langendonck and Mark Van De Velde
3. Names and Meaning, Staffan Nystrom
4. Names and Discourse, Elwys De Stefani
Part II: Toponomastics
5. Methodologies in Place-name Research, Simon Taylor
6. Settlement Names, Carole Hough
7. River Names, Svante Strandberg
8. Hill and Mountain Names, Peter Drummond
9. Island Names, Peder Gammeltoft
10. Rural Names, Julia Kuhn
11. Street Names: A Changing Urban Landscape, Bertie Neethling
12. Transferred Names and Analogy in Name-formation, Stefan Brink
Part III: Anthroponomastics
13. Personal Naming Systems, Edwin D. Lawson
14. Given Names in European Naming Systems, Katharina Leibring
15. Family Names, Patrick Hanks and Harry Parkin
16. Bynames and Nicknames, Eva Brylla
17. Ethnonyms, Adrian Koopman
18. Personal Names and Anthropology, Ellen S. Bramwell
19. Personal Names and Genealogy, George Redmonds
Part IV: Literary Onomastics
20. Theoretical Foundations of Literary Onomastics, Grant W. Smith
21. Names in Songs: A Comparative Analysis of Billy Joel's We Didn't Start The Fire and Christopher Torr's Hot Gates, Bertie Neethling
22. Genre-based Approaches to Names in Literature, Birgit Falck-Kjallquist
23. Corpus-based Approaches to Names in Literature, Karina van Dalen-Oskam
24. Language-based Approaches to Names in Literature, Paul Cavill
Part V: Socio-onomastics
25. Names in Society, Terhi Ainiala
26. Names and Identity, Emilia Aldrin
27. Linguistic Landscapes, Guy Puzey
28. Toponymic Attachment, Laura Kostanski
29. Forms of Address, Irma Taavitsainen and Andreas H. Jucker
30. Pseudonyms, Katarzyna Aleksiejuk
31. Commercial Names, Paula Sjoblom
Part VI: Onomastics and Other Disciplines
32. Names and Archaeology, Richard Jones
33. Names and Cognitive Psychology, Serge Bredart
34. Names and Dialectology, Margaret Scott
35. Names and Geography, Peder Gammeltoft
36. Names and History, Gillian Fellows-Jensen
37. Names and Historical Linguistics, Richard Coates
38. Names and Language Contact, Berit Sandnes
39. Names and Law, Andreas Teutsch
40. Names and Lexicography, Alison Grant
41. Place-names and Religion: A Study of Early Christian Ireland, Kay Muhr
Part VII: Other Types of Names
42. Aircraft Names, Guy Puzey
43. Animal Names, Katharina Leibring
44. Astronomical Names, Marc Alexander
45. Names of Dwellings, Adrian Koopman
46. Railway Locomotive Names and Train Names, Richard Coates
47. Ship Names, Malcolm Jones
Subject Index
Index of Languages

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