Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Names and Naming - People, Places, Perceptions and Power

Dear Readers ,

a new book entitled Names and Naming -- People, Places, Perceptions and Power is due to be published in February 2016. The direct URL is: The book is now available on the website of Multilingual Matters for advance orders. 

Names and NamingPeople, Places, Perceptions and PowerEdited by: Guy PuzeyLaura Kostanski


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 predicators of inclusion and exclusion. The book will be of interest to researchers in onomastics, sociology, human geography, linguistics and history.


This volume makes a key contribution to the rapidly-expanding field of critical onomastics, presenting new insights into the symbolic value of names in human society. Case studies from different parts of the world highlight the role of names as powerful symbols of identity, particularly in areas of language contact or conflict. The essays are both scholarly and accessible, and deserve to be widely read.
Carole Hough, University of Glasgow, UK

Author Biography:

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.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate Research / Professional

Paperback - 288 pages
15 Feb 2016
Multilingual Matters
234 x 156 (R8vo)
  • Price: £39.95
  • Price: $69.95
  • Price: €49.95

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