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Minority language place-names: a practice-oriented study of the establishment of the South Sami Kraapohke in Swedish Lapland
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies. (Nordliga studier ; Arcum)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8748-9934
2018 (English)In: Names, ISSN 0027-7738, E-ISSN 1756-2279, Vol. 66, no 3, p. 156-165Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The implementation of the Swedish minority policy has resulted in the national minority languages having been visualized. But what minority language place-names should be put on road signs together with the Swedish names?

This article is focused on the establishment of the Sami toponym for Dorotea in southern Swedish Lapland. The question is which of the following Sami names should be adopted as the official name: Birjevahne (< Sw. Bergvattnet), Döörte (< Sw. Dorotea), or the original South Sami Kraapohke.  

This practice-oriented study illustrates the problems involved in finding out how Sami names are used in living language. Such problems generally arise when place-names are handed down by small language communities.

The establishment of the Sami name Kraapohke illustrates the complicated questions that arise when working with minority language place-names and the identity processes associated with such names.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 66, no 3, p. 156-165
Keywords [en]
toponyms, place-names, minority languages, linguistic landscapes, road signs, Sweden, Västerbotten County, Sami languages, South sami, revitalization
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Scandinavian Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-128873DOI: 10.1080/00277738.2017.1415531ISI: 000445343400005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-128873DiVA, id: diva2:1057356
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»Att benämna och berätta platsen. Hur folkligt platsskapande kan stärka samiska traditioner och identiteter»
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 254-2132-186Available from: 2016-12-17 Created: 2016-12-17 Last updated: 2018-12-05Bibliographically approved

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