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Query:   Cognitive Semantics of Proper Names
Author:  Zouhair Maalej
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Semantics
Cognitive Science

Summary:   Dear colleagues,
On Monday, May 14, 2001, I posted the following query: Linguist 12.1320

I am looking for studies about the significance of proper names for a paper I am writing on what proper names reveal about the mind. I am familiar with Carroll (1983), Allerton (1987), and Marmaridou (1989), but I am not interested in the functional/pragmatic perspective. Does anyone out there know of any cognitive semantic studies of proper names?

I would like to start this summary by thanking the following people for having helped by indicating references, pointing to potential sources of references (sometimes still unpublished), and even sending in offprints of their own publications:

Anne Sumnicht
Klaus U. Panther
Olaf Jaekel
Jarek Pluciennik
Clai Rice
Willy Van Langendonck
Jean Louis Vaxelaire
Ana Iba?os
Karen van Hoek
Sandy Thompson
J. L. Speranza
Tamar Sovran
Suzanne Kemmer (who promised to get in touch later)
Antonio Barcelona Sanchez
Guy Achard-Bayle
Laura Janda
Valeria A. Belloro

I hope I haven't forgotten anybody. If I have, my apologies.

Although I am primarily interested in the significance of first names for poeple across gender and languages, I was agreeably amazed by the wealth of research about place proper
names and surnames (mostly using metonymic approaches).

To end this summary, here are the references I received:

- Bing, Janet (1993). ''Names and honorific pronouns in Gborbo Krahn.'' In: Mufwene and Moshi (eds.), Topics in African Linguistics. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

- Blount, Ben (1993). ''Luo names: reference and meaning.'' In: Mufwene and Moshi (eds.), Topics in African Linguistics. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

- Cohen Gillian & Faulkner Dorothy (1986). ''Memory for Proper Names: Age Differences in Retrieval.'' British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Vol.4, n?2, pp.187-197.

- Downing, Pamela (1996). ''Proper names as a referential option in English conversation.'' In: Barbara Fox (ed.),Studies in anaphora, 95-143. Amsterdam:
John Benjamins.

- Fukatsu, R. (1999). ''Proper name anomia after left temporal lobectomy: A patient study'', Neurology 52.

- Iba?os, Ana (n.d.). Philosophical and Semantical Aspects of Proper Names. Ph.D. (in Portuguese).

- Jaekel, Olaf (1999). ''Metonymy in Onomastics.'' In: Klaus-Uwe Panther & Guenter Radden (eds.), Metonymy in Language and Thought. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, p. 211-229.

- Jaekel, Olaf (1998). ''Metonymische Strategien in der Nachnamengebung.'' In: Wilhelm F.H. Nicolaisen (ed.),Proceedings of the XIXth International Congress of Onomastic Sciences: Volume 3. Aberdeen: Department of English, University of Aberdeen, p. 195-203.

- Miller, George A. & Johnson-Laird Philip N. (1976). Language and Perception. Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

- van Hoek, Karen (1997).Anaphora and Conceptual Structure. Chicago University Press.

Kind regards
Dr Zouhair Maalej,
Department of English, Chair,
Faculty of Letters,
University of Manouba,
Tunis-Manouba, 2010, Tunis, Tunisia.
URL: http//:

LL Issue: 12.1465
Date Posted: 31-May-2001
Original Query: Read original query


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