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Naming of Minivan Taxis Used for Public Transportation in the Caribbean

Naming of Minivan Taxis Used for Public Transportation in the Caribbean

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Title: Naming of Minivan Taxis Used for Public Transportation in the Caribbean
Author: Ahrens, Wolfgang
Abstract: Private minivans have come to be used to augment the public bus transportation system on larger islands or
else to provide the only regular transportation on smaller islands. This minivan system has been exported
by expatriate Caribbeans to some US towns, such as New York. As well similar systems have developed on
other continents, as pointed out in a recent article on South Africa by Bertie Neethling. These minivans
have been given names by their owners that are prominently painted on the vehicle or else displayed on the
windshield. The names give an insight into local culture and tradition. I will deal mainly with the naming of
such vehicles on St. Kitts and Nevis, but make some passing reference to other islands, such as Grenada
and Carriacou.
Subject: Caribbean Taxi Names
Minivan Taxi Names
Type: Article
Rights: The following articles are © 2009 with the individual authors. They are made available free of charge from this page as a service to the community under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivative Works license version 3.0. For full details go to http://creativecommons.org.licenses/ny-nd.3.0
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/2923
Published: York University
Citation: Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Onomastic Sciences
ISBN: 978-1-55014-521-2
Date: 2009

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