Names in Focus: An Introduction to Finnish Onomastics

Names in Focus: An Introduction to Finnish Onomastics

By Minna Saarelma
Book Description

Names in Focus delves deep into the vast field of Finnish onomastics, covering place names, personal names, animal names, commercial names and names in literature. It provides the history and current trends in this area of research, and also supplements international terminology with the Finnish point of view on the subject. Brimming with examples and clear explanations, the book can be enjoyed by the most studious of researchers as well as the casual reader who has a genuine interest in the study of names.

This book is part of the Studia Fennica Linguistica series.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Abbreviations and Symbols
  • 1. Theoretical Background to Onomastics
    • What is a Name?
    • Names in Culture and Society
      • The Many Functions of Names
      • Changing Names and Naming Systems
      • Categorisation of Names
    • Names in Language
      • Names and Appellatives
      • Meaning of Names
      • Name Typology
  • 2. Materials and Lines of Finnish Onomastics
    • Research Material
    • Research Tradition
      • Etymological Research
      • Cultural-Historical and Settlement-Historical Research
      • Loan Name Research
      • Typological Research of Toponymy
      • Sociolinguistic Research
      • Research on Urban Nomenclature
      • Diversification of Research
      • International Cooperation
  • 3. Place Names
    • Introduction to Place Names
    • Grammar and Semantics
      • Structure and Content of Names
      • Syntactic-Semantic Classification Model
      • Various Means of Name Formation
      • Variation in Names
    • Name Strata over Time and across Languages
      • Origin and Etymology
      • Name Strata across Languages
    • Urban Nomenclature
      • Official, Planned Names
      • Formation of Unofficial Names
      • Functions of Unofficial Names
    • Use of Names
      • Knowledge of Names
      • Children as Name Users
      • The Many Contexts of Use
      • Attitude towards Names
      • Other Functions of Names
  • 4. Personal Names
    • Introduction to Personal Names
      • Personal Names and Culture
      • Differences and Similarities in Naming Systems
      • Anthroponymic Typology and Terminology
      • A Changing Anthroponymy
      • African Naming Systems
      • Asian Naming Systems
    • Development of European Naming Systems
      • European Pre-Christian Anthroponymy
      • Standardisation of Christian Nomenclature in the Middle Ages
      • From Bynames to Hereditary Surnames
      • Name Giving Trends of the Modern Era
    • Stages of Finnish Anthroponymy
      • Old Finnish Naming System
      • Features of Medieval Anthroponymy
      • Name Giving in Finland between the 16th and 18th Centuries
      • Fennisation of Given Names during Russian Rule
      • Formation of a Modern Surname System
    • Given Names and Surnames in 20th and 21st Century Finland
      • General Features of Finnish Given Names
      • Principles of Name Selection
      • Popularity Change of Given Names
      • Name Day Tradition in Finland
      • Finnish Surnames
      • What the Law Says about Finns’ Names
    • Finnish Unofficial Anthroponymy
      • Unofficial Bynames in the Finnish Naming System
      • Bynames of Small Children and Schoolchildren
      • Bynames of Teachers and other Professional Groups
    • Naming Systems of Linguistic Minorities
      • Finland Swedish Personal Names
      • Sámi Personal Names
      • Personal Names in Sign Language
  • 5. Animal Names
    • Do Animals Use Names?
    • Cat and Dog Names
    • Cattle Names
    • Horse Names
  • 6. Commercial Names
    • Commercial Nomenclature as a Topic of Research
      • Names and Trade
      • Types of Commercial Names
      • Factors Taken into Account in Examining Names
      • Research Traditions of Commercial Nomenclature
    • Factors that Determine Name Giving
      • Laws and Guidelines
      • Commercial Objectives
    • History of Commercial Naming in Finland
    • Company Names
      • Structural Description of Company Names
      • Determining Language in Company Names
      • Semantic Description of Company Names
      • Social and Cultural Functions
    • Brands, Product Names and Trade Marks
    • On the Border Areas of Commercial Nomenclature
  • 7. Names in Literature
    • Names in Fiction
    • Translating Names in Literature
    • Finnish Literary Onomastics
  • Bibliography
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