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Choosing a Name = Choosing Identity? : Towards a Theoretical Framework
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Contexts and Cultural Boundaries (KK).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8085-1419
2014 (English)In: Names in daily life: Proceedings of the XXIV ICOS International Congress of Onomastic Sciences, Barcelona: Generalitat de Catalunya , 2014, 392-401 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This article presents a theoretical framework for applying an identity approach to personal naming. It also presents some results from a doctoral thesis project in which this framework has been applied in an analysis of parents’ choices of first names for their children. Questions discussed in this article include: To what extent do choices of first names function as acts of identity? Which aspects of first names are used as resources for identity creation? Which kinds of identities are created? To what extent are traditional sociolinguistic variables (such as age, education, etc.) able to account for the social variation of naming today? To what extent is the identity creation of naming negotiated from moment to moment? The discussion is based on results from two component studies: a written survey (with 621 participants) and group discussions (with 23 participants) conducted in Göteborg, Sweden 2007–2009.

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Barcelona: Generalitat de Catalunya , 2014. 392-401 p.
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Biblioteca tècnica de politíca lingüística onomàstica, 11
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identity, naming, first names, theory, anthroponomastics, socio-onomastics, onomastics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-27400DOI: 10.2436/15.8040.01.44ISBN: 978-84-393-9162-3 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-27400DiVA: diva2:775724
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XXIV ICOS 2011, International Congress of Onomastic Sciences, Barcelona, Spain, September 5–9, 2011
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Proceedings title in Spanish: Els noms en la vida quotidiana : Actes del XXIV Congrés Internacional dʼICOS sobre Ciències Onomàstiques

Available from: 2015-01-05 Created: 2015-01-05 Last updated: 2015-02-18Bibliographically approved

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