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Name: Richard  Coates (IPA: kəuts)
Institution: University of the West of England
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State and/or Country: United Kingdom   
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Specialty: Onomastics, esp. toponomastics; name theory
Subject Language(s): English
Language Family(ies): Germanic
Insular Celtic
Selected Publications: Selected items from the last 10 years:

The Oxford dictionary of family names in Britain and Ireland (with P. Hanks and P. McClure). Oxford: OUP (2016).

A concise theory of meaningfulness in literary naming within the framework of The Pragmatic Theory of Properhood. Journal of Literary Onomastics 4.1 (2015), 31-34.

Namen und Recht in Großbritannien aus linguistischer Sicht. Namenkundliche Informationen 105/106 (2015, special issue: Namen und Recht), 135-146.

We are surrounded by onymies: relations among names, name-types, and terminological categories. Paper to 24th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences, Barcelona, Spain, 5-9 September 2011. In Joan Tort Donada and Montserrat Montagut i Montagut, eds, Els noms en la vida quotidiana. Actes del XXIV Congrés Internacional de Ciències Onomàstiques (ICOS), secció 1. Barcelona: Generalitat de Catalunya (2014), 6-13.

A toponomastic contribution to the linguistic prehistory of the British Isles. Nomina 35 (2013), 49-102.

The name of the State of Maine: an Irish perspective. Names 61.3 (2013), 150-158.

The traditional dialect of Sussex. Lewes: Pomegranate (2010).

A strictly Millian approach to the definition of the proper name. Mind and Language 24.4 (2009), 433-444.

Invisible Britons: the view from linguistics. In N.J. Higham, ed., Britons in Anglo-Saxon England. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press (Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies 7, 2007)), 172-91.

Invisible Britons: the view from toponomastics. In George Broderick and Paul Cavill, eds, Language contact in the place-names of Britain and Ireland. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (2007), 41-53.

Courses Taught: Modules on the history, dialectology and grammar of English
Language and the Mind
Semantics, lexicology, pragmatics
Academic Paper Abstract: Stour and Blyth as English River-names
The genealogy of eagre 'tidal surge in the river Trent'

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