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Ortnamn och identitetsprocesser: Diskussionen kring några samiska ortnamn i Västerbotten
Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University. (Nordliga studier ; Arcum)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8748-9934
2017 (Swedish)In: Norna-rapporter, ISSN 0346-6728, Vol. 94, 195-230 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Toponyms and identity processes. Discussions on some Saami toponyms in Västerbotten, northern Sweden

 The implementation of the Swedish minority policy has implied that the national minority languages spoken in an area have come to be visualised more than before. This exposure signals the value of the minority languages. The commission to the Swedish Transport Administration (‘Trafikverket’) implies strengthening the work with displaying toponyms in minority languages, since the toponyms are regarded as a valuable part of the cultural heritage. But what minority language toponyms should be put on the road signs parallel with the Swedish names? And what reactions could a toponym in a minority language cause?

In an ongoing research project at Umeå University, ‘Naming and Narrating Places: Empowering Saami Traditions and Identities through Popular Place-Making Processes,’ the work with strengthening the use of the Saami toponyms and the reactions that this work cause is analysed. In this article is focused on three toponyms: Ubmeje (for Umeå), Likssjuo/Liksjoe (for Lycksele) and Birjevahne/Döörte/Kraapohke (for Dorotea). These examples illustrate complicated questions that arise in the work with the toponyms in the minority languages and the identity processes associated with them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala & Tammerfors: NORNA , 2017. Vol. 94, 195-230 p.
Keyword [en]
toponyms, minority languages, linguistic landscapes, road signs, Sweden, the County of Västerbotten, Saami languages, Ume Saami, South Saami
Keyword [sv]
ortnamn, minoritetsspråk, språkliga landskap, platsmärken, Sverige, Västerbottens län, samiska språk, umesamiska, sydsamiska
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Humanities
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Scandinavian Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-127865OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-127865DiVA: diva2:1048084
Conference
Namn och identitet. Handlingar från NORNAs 46:e symposium iTammerfors den 21–23 oktober 2015. Redigerade av Unni-Päivä Leino, Mona Forsskåhl,Gunilla Harling-Kranck, Sabina Jordan,Minna Nakari & Ritva Liisa Pitkänen
Available from: 2016-11-20 Created: 2016-11-20 Last updated: 2017-09-12

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