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LINGUIST List 20.347

Tue Feb 03 2009

Sum: Results of Survey on Proper Name Substitutions

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Message 1: Results of Survey on Proper Name Substitutions
Date: 31-Jan-2009
From: Zenzi Griffin <griffinzpsy.utexas.edu>
Subject: Results of Survey on Proper Name Substitutions
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Query for this summary posted in LINGUIST Issue: 18.2303
Dear linguists,

In August 2007, I posted a request on LL for participants in a survey
(http://linguistlist.org/issues/18/18-2303.html) to examine the factors
that contribute to being called by the wrong name. Thanks to all of you who
responded and your patience in awaiting the results. I reported results in
a conference presentation at the annual meeting of the American Name
Society in January 2009 and Cleveland Evans in the Omaha World Herald
discusses these in a recent column:

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=1219&u_sid=10548215

The results also appeared in a poster presented last July:
Griffin, Z. M., & Wangerman, T. (2008, July). 'Lisa, Patty, Selma, Snowball
... Maggie!' Names that parents call their children by mistake. Poster
presented at the Fifth International Workshop on Language Production,
Annapolis, MD.

Posted at:
http://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/faculty/Griffin/Publications_files/griffin_wangerman2008.gif

The initial findings have raised many additional questions and I plan on
conducting a follow up survey. I’ll post a notice here again when I do.

Thanks again,
Zenzi Griffin
Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

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