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Volume 1

Historical Outlines from Sound to Text

Ed. by Brinton, Laurel / Bergs, Alexander

Series:Mouton Reader

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Chapter 10: Onomastics

Hough, Carole


Names provide evidence for language history in two main respects: firstly, as regards lexical and semantic content when first coined; and secondly, as regards phonological and morphological development over the course of time. In neither respect is there widespread agreement as to the extent to which evidence from names can be extrapolated to other areas of language. On the one hand, both place-names and personal names testify to areas of vocabulary and registers of language sparsely represented in other sources; on the other, it is sometimes unclear whether these reflect ordinary language or a specialized onomastic usage. Factors pertaining to the formation and transmission of names are in some respects unique, and will be outlined in this chapter alongside a discussion of the main types of linguistic evidence preserved in the onomasticon.

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Carole Hough (2017). Chapter 10: Onomastics. In Laurel Brinton, Alexander Bergs (Eds.), Historical Outlines from Sound to Text (pp. 185–199). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110525281-010

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110525281

Online ISBN: 9783110525281

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