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The Grammar of Names in Anglo-Saxon EnglandThe Linguistics and Culture of the Old English Onomasticon$
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Fran Colman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198701675

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701675.001.0001

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A name is a name

A name is a name

(p.80) 4 A name is a name
The Grammar of Names in Anglo-Saxon England

Fran Colman

Oxford University Press

The chapter concludes that names are assigned to a category characterized in terms of absence of the notional primary features N (full referentiality) and P (finiteness), and their association via nomination with fixed identity. Names are further associated with secondary categories ({loc} and /or gender). The more features of secondary categories a name acquires, the less core (more categorially peripheral) is the name. The relation is established between the onomasticon and the general lexicon: by the act of nomination, an inactive name is activated—that is, taken from the onomasticon and entered in the general lexicon, whence it may function as vocative or referential. The varying treatment of names in dictionaries is assessed in a reassertion of the lexical-item status of names.

Keywords:   dictionary, identity, lexicon, nomination, referential, secondary category, vocative

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