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Slang Toponyms in Early Twentieth Century Helsinki

Slang Toponyms in Early Twentieth Century Helsinki

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Title: Slang Toponyms in Early Twentieth Century Helsinki
Author: Vuolteenaho, Jani
Ainiala, Terhi
Abstract: In this article, we analyse spatial slang coinages by boys and young men from Sörnäinen, a bilingual
working-class neighbourhood in early twentieth century Helsinki (1900–1939). During this period, Helsinki
slang developed into a unique slang spoken among the working class of both Finnish and Swedish language
backgrounds in their densely occupied quarters. In their childhood, male juveniles of Sörnäinen used many
place-referring slang words in both appellative (classifying) and proprial (identifying) functions. When the
same males got older and began to move more widely in different kinds of social settings across Helsinki,
the use of these kinds of double-functional nouns decreased in favour of slang names derived from the
city’s official nomenclature. The primary research material of the article covers a set of interviews made
between the 1920s and the 1980s.
Subject: Helsinki Slang Toponyms
Toponyms in early Twentieth Century Helsinki
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/10315/4047
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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