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Towards a Chronology of Topographical Elements in Irish Place-Names: Some Strategies for Establishing Relative Chronology

Towards a Chronology of Topographical Elements in Irish Place-Names: Some Strategies for Establishing Relative Chronology

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Title: Towards a Chronology of Topographical Elements in Irish Place-Names: Some Strategies for Establishing Relative Chronology
Author: Tempan, Paul
Abstract: This paper examines the issues involved in establishing the chronology of elements referring to landscape
features. Much work has been done on the Irish topographical lexicon in recent decades, notably by Prof.
Liam Mac Mathúna, whose approach is rooted in word-field studies. His research has focussed on common
nouns occurring in Old Irish and Middle Irish texts. This paper takes a complementary approach by asking
what further light the evidence of place-names can shed on the topographical lexicon. It attempts to
establish the outlines of a (largely relative) chronology, using the element 'sliabh' as an example. It then
goes on to consider some strategies which can help to refine this dating, using the elements 'rinn' and 'ros'
from the world-field ‘promontory’. In particular, the analysis of suffixes and tautological names are
discussed as resources which can help to construct a relative chronology.
Subject: Irish Topography
Irish Toponymy
sliabh, rinn and ros
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/10315/4037
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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