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Creating identities through the choice of first names
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8085-1419
2017 (English)In: Socio-onomastics: The pragmatics of names / [ed] Terhi Ainiala & Jan-Ola Östman, Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017, 46-68 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Choosing a name for a child is seldom a matter of simple labelling. It is often rather a long and complex process. Names are collected for inspiration, compared and evaluated by the parents. Many aspects are taken into consideration and (more or less consciously) viewed in the light of the parents’ own emotional, aesthetic, ideological and social stances, as well as personal experiences and hopes for the child. In this chapter, the act of naming a child is regarded as an act of identity. Parents, through the choice of first name for a child, engage in a social act which is very much about expressing their own identity – who they are or who they want to be – and constructing a hoped-for identity for their child.

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Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017. 46-68 p.
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Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, ISSN 0922-842X ; 275
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-34673DOI: 10.1075/pbns.275ISBN: 9789027265692 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-34673DiVA: diva2:1129088
Available from: 2017-08-01 Created: 2017-08-01 Last updated: 2017-08-08Bibliographically approved

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