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Proper Names in Education: Global Tendencies and Local Traditions

Proper Names in Education: Global Tendencies and Local Traditions

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Title: Proper Names in Education: Global Tendencies and Local Traditions
Author: Tuzlukova, Victoria
Abstract: Within the higher education field proper names can be confusing as identifying them and tracing their
occurences is quite a difficult task. Not only is their history quite unclear. They occur and function in our
conceptual lives in different ways (Reyes, M. et al. 1993). They update dynamically due to all the changes
that evolve in society (Crystal 1986; 1987). Thus their variability inevitably leads to ambiguity and hinders
their use in understanding the cultural and social contexts of other languages.
This paper presents the results of the research of historical, cultural, communicative, semantic and
structural aspects of various types of English proper names in higher education which are considered as
constituents of lexical and semantic fields. The author analyzes their structural, semantic, and cultural
features, and stresses the complexity of their nature.
Peculiarities at the structural and semantic levels, including the number, meaning and the character of
the relationships of their generic and specific (topographical, anthropological, social and cultural, etc.)
components are described. Stressed are the peculiarities revealed in the connotative component of their
meanings, conventional and emotional attitudes. They are viewed as a reflection of global and local social,
cultural and linguistic tendencies as well as natural association of language and local identity (Steedly
1996) of the names of higher educational institutions. In this respect, suggestions are made regarding the
comparative and cross-cultural study of proper names in higher education.
Subject: Names for Educational Institutions
Naming Educational Institutions
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/10315/4043
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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