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‘Find the lady’: The Term 'lady' in English and Scottish Place-Names

‘Find the lady’: The Term 'lady' in English and Scottish Place-Names

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Title: ‘Find the lady’: The Term 'lady' in English and Scottish Place-Names
Author: Hough, Carole
Abstract: The term 'lady' serves as the qualifying element of a number of place-names in the British Isles, and has a
range of applications. This paper presents a corpus of such names from north-west England and south-east
Scotland, and discusses issues of interpretation. Attention is drawn to recurrent compounds that may be
indicative of name types rather than of ad hoc formations, and to comparative evidence that may suggest a
religious context for some names previously considered to be secular. Analysis of the corpus as a whole
reveals significant differences between toponymic and lexical uses of the term 'lady', highlighting the
distinction between onomastic and non-onomastic language.
Subject: English and Scottish Place Names
-lady in toponyms
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/10315/3987
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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