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Ljudlikhet och betydelselikhet i flerspråkiga toponymer
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4393-2639
2009 (Swedish)In: Namn i flerspråkiga och mångkulturella miljöer: Handlingar från NORNA:s 36:e symposium i Umeå 16–18 november 2006, Umeå, 2009, 57-64 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]


The present article discusses toponyms in different languages referring to the 

same geographical location, making a distinction between similarity in 

sound (phonetic adaptation, name quotation, etc.) and similarity in sense 

(name translation, etc.). In the latter case, following Coates (2005), a 

distinction is made between semantic reference, onymic reference, and 

apparent etymological sense. The short theoretical introduction is illustrated 

with examples from bilingual or multilingual areas such as Southern Austria 

(Kärnten—with German and Slovenian place-names) and, particularly, 

Hong Kong, which exhibits an intricate interplay between two varieties of 

Chinese—Cantonese and Mandarin—and English, where, due to the funda- 

mental differences between the Chinese and English writing systems, 

particular attention is paid to the different Romanization methods for 



Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå, 2009. 57-64 p.
Kulturens frontlinjer : skrifter från forskningsprogrammet Kulturgräns norr, ISSN 1402-8506 ; 56Nordsvenska / Institutionen för litteraturvetenskap och nordiska språk, ISSN 0282-7182 ; 16
, NORNA-RAPPORTER, ISSN 0346-6728 ; 83
Keyword [en]
toponyms, multilingualism, German, Slovene, Cantonese, Mandarin
National Category
Specific Languages Specific Languages Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics Specific Languages
Research subject
Slavic Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-18909ISBN: 978-91-88466-71-6OAI: diva2:175118
Available from: 2009-03-04 Created: 2009-02-26 Last updated: 2015-02-27Bibliographically approved

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