The Study of Names

This module explores the phenomenon of ‘proper’ names from a linguistic perspective initially and will consider the notion of properhood. However, no background in linguistics will be assumed. The module will subsequently move on into other accounts and approaches, among which might include those which are historical (onomastic), literary, sociological and political in emphasis. Attention will be paid to both anthroponyms (personal names) and toponyms (place names). There will be scope for students to develop the module in the direction of their interests in the mini project.

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