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Title: Can small islands tell large(r) stories?: The microcosm of Nepean Island, Norfolk Island Archipelago
Contributor(s): Nash, Joshua  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Norfolk Island, South Pacific provides linguists a near laboratory case study in naming, language contact, and environmental management. The two languages spoken on the island, Norf'k - the language of the descendants of the Pitcairn Islanders - and English, are both used in place-naming. This short note analyses the toponyms of Nepean Island, a small uninhabited island 800 metres south of Norfolk. It questions whether Nepean is a microcosm of naming behaviour for the rest of the Norfolk macrocosm. For its size, Nepean contains a large number of toponyms. The paper suggests the uninhabited nature of Nepean may have resulted in fewer commemorative anthroponymic toponyms, a situation unlike naming patterns in the rest of the archipelago. Nepean offers a study of naming a small no-man's land as compared to naming a larger occupied land.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 148(455/456), p. 82-86
Publisher: Royal Society of New South Wales
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0035-9173
Field of Research (FOR): 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
200406 Language in Time and Space (incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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