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Urban Name Environments in a Multicultural Perspective

Urban Name Environments in a Multicultural Perspective

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Title: Urban Name Environments in a Multicultural Perspective
Author: Nyström, Staffan
Abstract: What is a multicultural name environment? What names in a town or city are multicultural, and what
reasons for and perspectives on name-giving are multicultural? How can an official name-giver best
contribute to the positive development of our multicultural society? These questions are interesting, but
turn out to be more difficult to address than we might initially imagine, a point which this paper attempts to
develop. Officially adopted urban names in Sweden today are strikingly Swedish in character. But
alongside these official names there exists an unofficial group of names that is now gradually changing,
showing great innovativeness, and flexibly adapting to our multicultural society, i.e., names of shops,
hairdressing salons, places of entertainment, restaurants, etc. At the same time, there is a cultural influence
that is growing increasingly strong in such unofficial names and in the language of Sweden’s towns,
namely that of the Anglo-American world. So far, official urban names have escaped this Anglicization.
But English is pushing at the door, and only time will tell what its impacts will be.
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/10315/4520
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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