Onomastic strategies: A pragmatic approach to the use of personal names among the kabye of northern togo

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Abstract

In this article I propose to analyze three verbal strategies underlying the use of personal names by the Kabye of northern Togo. Such strategies fulfill a variety of purposes, including attempts to influence the behavior of a name-bearer in the context of interpersonal or social relationships. They are often implemented with the intent to help name-bearers live up to their name. Among these strategies I examine (1) the choice of a name, (2) its intonation and (3) its amplification. All three strategies fall within the scope of the socio-pragmatic approach to naming (the giving of names as well as their use) defined here as essentially an act of interpellation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-208
Number of pages16
JournalSociolinguistic Studies
Volume13
Issue number2-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Amplification
  • Choice
  • Interpellation
  • Intonation
  • Kabye (Togo)
  • Personal Names

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language

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