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
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


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

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language


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