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Names, Identity and Conflict

Yasir Suleiman

in Arabic, Self and Identity

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199747016
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896905 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747016.003.0005
Names, Identity and Conflict

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The chapter deals with the link between names and three notions in the social world: Self, identity, and conflict. Dealing with three categories of names: personal names, toponyms or place names, and code-names, this study starts from the assumption that it is the symbolic meanings of names, rather than their indexicality, that make them suitable to investigate from a sociolinguistic perspective. In identifying and analysing these meanings, the chapter uses a variety of data, including name pools, web-based materials, self-report data and literary compositions. Two modes of analysis will be applied in this chapter. Marco-level analyses will be provided to outline the major themes in names and naming from the twin perspectives of identity and conflict. These analyses will be augmented with the micro-level deconstruction of selected data to show the multi-layered nature of these perspectives.

Keywords: toponyms; code-names; name pools; web-based materials; macro-level analysis; micro-level analysis

Chapter.  45230 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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