What’s in a name? Teaching linguistics using onomastic data

Laurel Mackenzie

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    This article describes how students can be introduced to the basics of linguistic analysis using personal, product, and place names as data. I outline several areas of linguistics that can be effectively taught at an introductory level through name data and provide examples of accompanying in-class and take-home exercises. Throughout the article, I demonstrate that the everyday familiarity of names and the ready availability of name data combine to create a class that not only engages students but also teaches them practical data-analysis skills.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)e293-e310
    JournalLanguage
    Volume94
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

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    linguistics
    Teaching
    data analysis
    student
    Onomastics
    Names
    Linguistic Analysis
    Place Names
    Familiarity
    Exercise

    Keywords

    • General linguistics
    • Hypocoristics
    • Names
    • Onomastics
    • Pedagogy
    • Toponyms

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language

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    What’s in a name? Teaching linguistics using onomastic data. / Mackenzie, Laurel.

    In: Language, Vol. 94, No. 4, 01.12.2018, p. e293-e310.

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    Mackenzie, Laurel. / What’s in a name? Teaching linguistics using onomastic data. In: Language. 2018 ; Vol. 94, No. 4. pp. e293-e310.
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