Variation in automobile naming

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    Abstract

    The names of 1024 American automobiles are analyzed according to register variation, diachronic variation and manufacturer variation. Variation through such linguistic means as structural complexity, metonymy and iconicity is shown to not only reflect social realities of automobile producers and consumers but to actively contribute to constructing these realities as well.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-107
    Number of pages25
    JournalNames
    Volume47
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 1999

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