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Agrarian Landscapes and the Toponymy of Mediterranean Europe. Catalonia as a Case Study

Agrarian Landscapes and the Toponymy of Mediterranean Europe. Catalonia as a Case Study

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Title: Agrarian Landscapes and the Toponymy of Mediterranean Europe. Catalonia as a Case Study
Author: Tort i Donada, Joan
Abstract: In the countries of the European Mediterranean region (and, specifically, in the territories in which the
Romance languages are spoken today), a significant part of the historical toponymy has close links with the
rural world and its agrarian activities. This is no chance happening as the first extensive agrarian
colonization of these countries was carried out under the Roman Empire. It was also under the rule of this
Empire that the pagus was created and became widespread: a legal (and not just a linguistic) concept that
referred to the land which was to be farmed and cultivated. And the vestiges of this concept remain visible
today in features such as the landscape and the toponymy.
In this paper, we wish to present the results of our examination of the links between the agrarian
landscape and its toponymy at various points of the Iberian Peninsula. In so doing, we focus our study on a
series of present-day place names in Catalonia, Aragon and Valencia. We analyse the features that these
names have in common and the differences that they present. And, finally, we explain the general
correlations that can be observed between these toponyms and certain landscape types or patterns.
Subject: Spanish Agrarian Names
Toponymy in Catalonia
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/10315/4041
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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