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The Grammar of Names

John M. Anderson


Names have a distinctive grammar. A survey of the three main traditions in the study of names: onomastics, philosophy, and linguistics, reveals much concern with the meaning of names. Despite controversy over the nature of this meaning, there has been general agreement that names are very distinctive in this respect. Not much of this work has questioned their assumed grammatical status as a sub-type of noun, however. The book, adopting a traditional notional framework and using observations concerning a number of languages (but particularly English and Greek), argues that the semantic distinct ... More

Keywords: notional grammar, word-classes, semantics, reference, name-giving, vocatives, Mill

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199297412
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297412.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Anderson, author