Placenames in the Modern World
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On successful completion, a student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of a range of linguistic, socio-cultural, historical and geographic factors in the attribution of toponyms and place-naming.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the typlogical basis of toponymic analysis.
- Analyse toponym data to answer the five principles used by toponymists.
- Interpret and explain the ways in which people bring both personal and national identity into naming new and familiar physical environments.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics in this unit will be provided in the study materials.
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This subject was previously known as LINX130 Placenames in the Modern World.
This subject deals with the role placenames (formally known as "toponyms") play in human society. On every map we may find a wealth of historical, cultural and linguistic information frozen in the names that people have given to places. Placenames also form an integral part of cultural and linguistic heritage, and may encapsulate details about the geographic nature of a named feature, when it was named, and who bestowed it. Moreover, toponyms may offer insights into the belief and value systems of the name-givers, as well as political and social circumstances at the time of naming. In many regions, they also reveal the chronology of exploration and settlement - Australia is a prime example of this. Through analysis of various forms of toponymic data, students will be invited to explore some of the issues mentioned above. The main focus of this unit will be on Australian indigenous and introduced toponyms. However, data from other parts of the world (e.g. Europe, Asia, North America and the Pacific) will be offered for comparative purposes where relevant.
- Essay 1000 words (20%)
- Toponymic classification (30%)
- Research Report, 3000 words (50%)