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Directions in English place-name studies : An invitation to debate, with a case study of Salford Quays

Scott, MR and Clark, AJ 2011, 'Directions in English place-name studies : An invitation to debate, with a case study of Salford Quays' , Nomina: the Journal of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, 34 , pp. 27-50.

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Abstract

Since the beginnings of the English Place-Name Survey (EPNS) in the 1920s, analysis of English place-names has focused mainly on historical questions relating to etymology and the ways that name evidence can shed light on early cultures, medieval settlement patterns, and so forth. The county volumes of the English Place-Name Survey are now well advanced and much important groundwork relating to the collection and analysis of names and their historical origins has been completed. However, we contend that the political implication of names and naming, and the power relations and inequalities behind such practices, have yet to be fully examined, although some work is emerging in this area. This article reviews the current position of English place-name research in the light of the framework of ‘critical toponymy’ advanced by Vuolteenaho and Berg in Critical Toponymies (2009). Our intention in reflecting on both ‘traditional’ and ‘critical’ toponymy is to encourage timely and beneficial dialogue and to suggest that English toponymy can be further interrogated and interpreted from new perspectives.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Schools > School of Arts & Media
Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Nomina: the Journal of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
Publisher: Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0141-6340
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Funders: University of Salford
Depositing User: Dr Maggie Scott
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2015 17:18
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 19:29
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/35335

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