The pragmatics of names

Terhi Ainiala | University of Helsinki
ORCID logoJan-Ola Östman | University of Helsinki
ISBN 9789027256805 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027265692 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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The volume seeks to establish socio-onomastics as a field of linguistic inquiry not only within sociolinguistics, but also, and in particular, within pragmatics. The linguistic study of names has a very long history, but also a history sometimes fraught with skepticism, and thus often neglected by linguists in other fields. The volume takes on the challenge of instituting onomastic study into linguistics and pragmatics by focusing on recent trends within socio-onomastics, interactional onomastics, contact onomastics, folk onomastics, and linguistic landscape studies. The volume is an introduction to these fields – with the introductory chapter giving an overview of, and an update on, recent onomastic study – and in addition offers detailed in-depth analyses of place names, person names, street names and commercial names from different perspectives: historically, as well as from the point of view of the impact of globalization and glocalization. All the chapters focus on the use and function of names and naming, on changes in name usage, and on the reasons for, processes in, and results of names in contact.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 275] 2017.  vi, 231 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The volume as a whole provides an interesting and refreshing view of onomastics; the geographical focus on Finland and its Nordic neighbors brings the unexpected benefit of a view of the linguistic diversity, language contacts, and ongoing globalization that have shaped one area of the world. [...] Socio-onomastics should clearly prove of interest to scholars of names and naming, but also to those in pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and linguistic anthropology.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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