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Title: Functions of Usage of Urban Place Names
Author: Eskelinen, Riikka
Abstract: The following paper introduces various functions of urban place names by analyzing spoken data gathered
from residents in the neighbourhood Kallio in Helsinki, Finland. The data consists of six group interviews,
in which groups with two to six members answer questions concerning their home neighbourhood.
I have studied various kinds of place names (both official and unofficial), which the inhabitants of
Kallio use daily, in terms of how the age, range, and users of the names vary, and what types of images the
inhabitants have about the names. On the basis of this, I introduce four functions of urban place names: the
collective, practical, affective and informative functions.
Besides the functions, I also studied another theme – that of the roles of the name users. To mention
but a few, the roles include those of the name knower, name specialist, name giver and name learner.
Subject: Helsinki
Referring to Place Names in the Kallio District
Urban Place 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/10315/3965
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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