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 Prof Bertie Neethling contributes to The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming (ed. Carole Hough)

Prof Bertie Neethling contributes to The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming (ed. Carole Hough)


 
 

Prof. Bertie Neethling, a Senior Emeritus Professor in the Department of Xhosa, was invited by the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming, Prof. Carole Gough (Professor in Onomastics, at the University of Glasgow, Scotland), to contribute two chapters to this handbook that was published earlier this year.

His first contribution was on Toponomastics (place names), and he focussed on street name changes in a number of provinces in South Africa. The title is Street Names: A Changing Urban Landscape. This formed Chapter 11 of the publication.

Prof. Neethling’s second contribution was on Literary Onomastics. The title of this section is Names in Songs: A Comparative Analysis of Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ and Christopher Torr’s  ‘Hot Gates’. In this section, Prof, Neethling argued that song lyrics can be seen as poetry, and hence its place in Literary Onomastics. This contribution formed Chapter 21 of the publication.

The publication is probably the most significant ever in the multidisciplinary study of Onomastics.​

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