from Martin Dahren
date Mon, Jul 7, 2008 at 8:27 AM
subject Re: Query: Origin of Armenian surnames
Try the article "Das Armenische Personennamensystem" in "Europäische Personennamensysteme: Ein Handbuch von Abasisch bis Zentralladinisch", ed. by A. & S. Brendler (Hamburg 2007), pp. 57-66. It includes on p. 64-65 a topical bibliography that lists all serious publications on the subjects incl. etymological dictionaries of Armenian surnames.
I have no access to the book at the moment, so I cannot give you any more details. I analyzed the book recently. It is a real treasure systematically dealing with the personal names of 77 languages in today's Europe.
|Suggests the outlines of a theory of how sociocultural and grammatical knowledge are integrated in the construction of personal names and how such knowledge can be retrieved from surface linguistic forms. Draws on anthropological and linguistic procedures to analyse the Yoruba personal naming system and the sociolinguistic principles that underly it.|
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Abstract: The circumstances of a child's birth define his or her starting point in life, and they will be inscribed in the child's file, so to speak, by means of a set of rule-governed birth names. These 'child names' are perfectly suitable for this initial stage of life, but all BaatOmbu aspire one day to replace this original set of 'orthodox' names by another orthodox name, an inherited title name, corresponding to an achieved social and spiritual status. Commoners and nobles have separate institutions of "g[unknown][unknown]biru", 'inherited title names', but in both cases the successive bearers of a "g[unknown][unknown]biru" share an exemplary essence that each must honour and perpetuate with his life. Baat[unknown]nu nobles bestow baptism names on children around the age of seven, allowing these young candidates for the various "g[unknown][unknown]biru" to be matched, according to their potential, with a name whose influence will guide them into adulthood. Joking names and teknonyms can be classified as non-orthodox or informal names and seem to fill a gap left by the orthodox names, allowing personal and family relations to be expressed and negotiated. These names carry no prestige, but their use affords pride and pleasure and, unlike orthodox names, they can be used without infringing 'shame'-based taboos./
Call Number: P1 .A6
Status: Available, check location
Library Has: v.1 (1959)-
Notes: Currently received. Unbound issues in Current Periodicals.
Journal of African Cultural Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1. (Jun., 1998), pp. 73-83.
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Abstract: Personal names (anthroponyms) are human resources for identifying and categorizing individuals. They constitute one of the universal parts of language which have drawn the attention of anthropologists and linguists alike. Our contribution to studies on Igbo personal names here is from a linguistic/anthropological perspective. This paper undertakes in-depth linguistic and anthropological studies of Igbo market-day names.
African Studies Review, Vol. 47, No. 3. (Dec., 2004), pp. 143-163.
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Abstract: This article shows the links between naming practices and war. The focus is on MPLA war names used during the Angolan struggle for independence. These names are framed in the wider context of the relations between language and war. In many African contexts, names are not singular and fixed, but may change with every personal transformation. Entering the life of a soldier constitutes just such a drastic change. The article shows that through war names, a kaleidoscope of issues may be addressed, including the relations between language, rank, and power, personal history and popular culture, spirit possession and resurrection, self-description and labeling, writing and legitimacy, and secrecy and identity.///Cet article met en evidence le lien entre les pratiques nominatives liees et la guerre. Il se concentre sur les noms de guerre employes par le MPLA (Partido do Poder em Angola) pendant le conflit angolais pour l'independance. Ces noms sont envisages dans le contexte plus vaste des relations entre la langue et la guerre. Dans de nombreux contextes africains, les noms ne sont pas signuliers ou definitifs, mais ils evoluent souvent avec chaque transformation personnelle. L'entree dans la vie de soldat constitue un exemple radical de ce type de transformation. L'article montre comment, a travers les noms de guerre, un eventail de questions peuvent etre adressees, y compris les relations entre la langue, la hierarchie et le pouvoir, l'histoire individuelle et la culture populaire, les phenomenes de possession et de resurrection, l'auto description et le choix du nom, l'ecriture et la legitimite et enfin, le secret et l'identite.
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