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This book does an important service to scholarship by rescuing the hitherto scattered and unpublished talks that Allen Walker Read, considered the dean of onomastics, gave to the American Name Society and other learned societies. Each of these papers bears the mark of an inquiring, industrious and insightful scholar whom Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar) eventually honoured with a doctorate of letters.
The claims for a native source of the name "America"; what area does the name "America" refer to?; ups and downs in the application of "America"; "The States" - the range of its popularity as a national designation; derivative forms from the name "United States"; how the early usage of "Continental" and "the Continent" forms a background for present-day "American" and "America"; rival etymologies of "Yankee"; the boundaries of "Yankee-land"; how the British use "Yankee"; the naming of the Confederacy; on being "New Yorkish" - some semantic developments in the derivatives of "New York"; "Gothamites", "East Villagers", "Morningsiders" and "Big Applians"; what Long Islanders call themselves; terminology of derivatives from place names with a synopsis of New York State derivatives; critical evaluations by travellers of the place names of New York State; multicultural sources of Connecticut place names; patterns of transcription behind the variant spellings of Indian place names in early Connecticut; problematic pronunciations among Connecticut place names; official decisions involving New Jersey place names; who were the Aberginians?; "Mainiacs", "Michiganders", "Nebraskals", "Arkansawyers"; an update on "Arkansawyer", "Michigander" "Iowegian" and similar terms; variations in the pronunciation of the name "Niagara"; place-naming as a dynamic process; the recognition of patterning in American place-naming; some onomastic works, Allen Walker Read.
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