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Title: Language and Place-knowledge on Norfolk Island
Contributor(s): Nash, Joshua (author)orcid ; Low, M (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1080/00141844.2014.889187
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Abstract: Using the place-naming practices in the small settler society of Norfolk Island, the home of Anglo-Polynesian descendants of the Bounty mutineers, we advance a linguistic argument against Saussure's claims concerning the arbitrariness of signs. When extended to place names, Saussure's claims about language in general imply place names in themselves hold no significance for how people interact with places. In contrast, we use ethnographic examples to show that people of Norfolk Island interact with the significance of the names themselves. Arguments for an integrated approach to toponymy in which place names are considered alongside other relational (cultural, economic and historical) factors that influence their use and meaning are put forward. We propose 'toponymic ethnography' as a useful methodology for understanding the connectedness of toponyms to people, place, and social networks.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Ethnos, 80(3), p. 385-408
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0014-1844
Field of Research (FOR): 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
160103 Linguistic Anthropology
200408 Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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