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Title: In deep water: diving site names on Norfolk Island
Contributor(s): Nash, Joshua  (author)orcid ; Chuk, Tin (author)
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1080/14766825.2012.721376
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Abstract: A linguistic and cultural analysis of diving site names and their role as toponyms is absent in Pacific research and studies into scuba diving tourism. This article analyzes a corpus of 38 diving site names collected during interview-based fieldwork on Norfolk Island. The analyses demonstrate that the naming of Norfolk Island diving sites can be perceived as a type of tourism management - through the names, diving sites are ascribed varying degrees of linguistic, cultural, and historical significance. Previous studies in tourism research have argued that tourism can be perceived as a modern form of pilgrimage, and that the naming of tourism sites is a way of sacralizing sites in order to emphasize their importance within processes of pilgrimage. The results of this article reveal empirically that Norfolk diving sites are part of a sacralization process, where transference of the cultural, historical, and environmental significance from names as language to locations as place occurs. The article puts forward diving site names not only as a toponymic taxon of interest to toponymy and linguistics but also for island and coastal studies in the Pacific and elsewhere.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Tourism & Cultural Change, 10(4), p. 301-320
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1747-7654
Field of Research (FOR): 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
200499 Linguistics not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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