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Nicknames – yesterday and today

Author(s): Iustina Nica (Burci)
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Editura Universitaria Craiova
Keywords: nicknames; motivations; classifications

Summary/Abstract: Based on the rich human typological system and on the circumstances facing people at various moments of their lives, willingly or unwillingly, nicknames represent one of the basic elements of anthroponymy. (Dis)concordance between a person and the image that people may have about them, usually entails the „rechristening” of the respective person, which happens, without any exception, in all social environments. Unlike the nicknames that were used as basis for surnames in the past, now being emotionally neuter, the present, contemporaneous nicknames are vividly motivated; they are emotionally and expressively saturated, because the people who assigned them know exactly the reasons for those appelative names.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 251-262
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Romanian