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American place-names : a concise and selective dictionary for the continental United States of America

Author: George R Stewart
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1970.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work includes three categories of place-name information: well-known places; repeated names which appear in many localities; and unusual names. Following each of the 12,000 entries is the name derivation, the state where pertinent and explication with historical, geographical and/or folk interpretations.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stewart, George Rippey, 1895-1980.
American place-names.
New York, Oxford University Press, 1970
(OCoLC)560291548
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George R Stewart
OCLC Number: 95369
Description: xl, 550 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
I. The entry system --
II. General background. Specific-generic --
The article --
Languages --
Linguistic transfer --
Dual and multiple origin --
Abundance vs. rarity --
Habitations, natural features --
Folk-names --
Linguistic play, humor --
Evolved names --
bestowed names --
'Official names' --
Naming systems --
Literary influences --
Religious and mythological names --
Railroad stations, mines, brands --
Personal names --
Tribal and national names --
Names from nature --
Exotic names --
III. Classification of place-names. Descriptive names --
Association names --
Possessive names --
Incident names --
Commemorative names --
Commendatory names --
Coined (manufactured) names --
Transfer and shift names, name cluster --
Folk-etymology --
Mistake names --
IV. Usage. Qualification --
Alphabetization --
Abbreviations --
Bibliography --
The names.
Responsibility: George R. Stewart.

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This work includes three categories of place-name information: well-known places; repeated names which appear in many localities; and unusual names. Following each of the 12,000 entries is the name derivation, the state where pertinent and explication with historical, geographical and/or folk interpretations.

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