Simplex generic toponyms in four English-speaking jurisdictions

Jan Tent

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    Toponymic literature generally recognizes three main structures in English: those with a specific + generic element (e.g. Tweed River, Mount White); those that consist of a specific element alone (e.g. Perth, Washington); and less commonly, those with a generic element preceded by the definite article (e.g. The Bend, The Bluff). There are of course combinations and variations on these three (e.g. The Maiden Mountain, Valley of the Giants). Very rarely has the existence of toponyms comprising solely a generic term (e.g. Pinnacle, Sugarloaf) been mentioned or discussed. This survey investigates the occurrence and use of such toponyms in four English-speaking regions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)17-31
    Number of pages15
    Issue number1
    Early online date2020
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020

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    • specific/generic element
    • geographic feature term
    • proprialisation
    • simplex generic toponyms


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