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Vlastní jména a jejich (historická) sémantika
Proper Names and Their (Historical) Semantics

Author(s): Jaroslav David
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: AV ČR - Akademie věd České republiky - Ústav pro jazyk český
Keywords: place names; semantics; semantics of proper names; historical semantics; quantitative analysis; collocations

Summary/Abstract: The text is focused on proper names and their historical semantics as illustrated by the journalistic texts collected in the Czech National Corpus (Totalita – corpora of written texts of the Communist era, SYN – synchronic written corpora). Our research showed proper names can be regarded as key words typical for a text created in a particular period. The problem of place names as proper names with mostly orientative function or proper names with primarily symbolic value are researched with their collocations via t-score method (a quantitative test). The place names are presenting themselves as mostly orientation and localization language elements. Their figuratively usage as metaphor and metonymy is appearing rarely; however, this is typical of place names with an ideologically and contemporary important value only.

  • Issue Year: LII/2011
  • Issue No: 52
  • Page Range: 15-30
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Czech
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