This book explores international trends in naming and contributes to the growing field of onomastic enquiry. Naming practices are viewed here through a critical lens, demonstrating a high level of political and social engagement in relation to how we name people and places. The contributors to this publication examine why names are not only symbols of a person or place, but also manifestations of cultural, linguistic and social heritage in their own right. Presenting analyses of geographically and culturally diverse perspectives and case studies, the book investigates how names can represent deeper kinds of identity, act as objects of attachment and dependence, and reflect community mores and social customs while functioning as powerful mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion. The book will be of interest to researchers in onomastics, sociology, human geography, linguistics and history.
Guy Puzey is Lecturer in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His research interests include language policy, linguistic landscapes and geosemiotics, critical sociolinguistics and toponomastics, particularly in the contexts of Scotland and the Nordic countries. Laura Kostanski is Director at Geonaming Solutions Pty Ltd & Address Exchange Pty Ltd, and is based in Australia. Her research interests include toponymy, human geography, geospatial systems, crowd sourcing, government policy and Indigenous cultural heritage.
Contributors Acknowledgements Laura Kostanski and Guy Puzey: Trends in Onomastics: An Introduction Part 1: The Varied Identities of People and Places 1. Katarzyna Aleksiejuk: Internet Personal Naming Practices and Trends in Scholarly Approaches 2. Ian D. Clark: Visitor Experiences of Aboriginal Place Names in Colonial Victoria, Australia, 1834-1900 3. Michael Walsh: Introduced Personal Names for Australian Aborigines: Adaptations to an Exotic Anthroponymy 4. Ellen S. Bramwell: Personal Naming and Community Practices in the Western Isles of Scotland: Putting Names `in the Gaelic Sense' 5. Peter Muhlhausler and Joshua Nash: Signs of/on Power, Power on/of Signs: Language-Based Tourism, Linguistic Landscapes, and Onomastics on Norfolk Island Part 2: Attitudes and Attachment 6. Laura Kostanski: The Controversy of Restoring Indigenous Names: Lessons Learnt and Strategies for Success 7. Terhi Ainiala: Attitudes towards Street Names in Helsinki 8. Maimu Berezkina: Linguistic Landscape and the Inhabitants' Attitudes towards Place Names in Multicultural Oslo 9. Maggie Scott: Attitudes to Scots: Insights from the Toponymicon 10. Erzsebet Gyorffy: Slang Toponyms in Hungary: A Survey of Attitudes among Language Users Part 3: Power, Resistance and Control 11. Guy Puzey: Renaming as Counter-Hegemony: The Cases of Noreg and Padania 12. Staffan Nystroem: Naming Parks, Foot-Paths and Small Bridges in a Multicultural Suburban Area 13. Justyna B. Walkowiak: Personal Names in Language Policy and Planning: Who Plans What Names for Whom and How? 14. Aud-Kirsti Pedersen: Is the Official Use of Names in Norway Determined by the Place-Names Act or Attitudes? 15. Kaisa Rautio Helander: The Power of Administration in the Official Recognition of Indigenous Place Names in the Nordic Countries Index