from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The study of the origins and forms of proper names.
- n. The study of the origins and forms of terms used in specialized fields.
- n. The system that underlies the formation and use of proper names or terms used in specialized fields.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The branch of lexicology devoted to the study of names and naming, especially the origins of names.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the branch of lexicology that studies the forms and origins of proper names
"word meaning" as you declare, but rather "onomastics" is the study of proper names and thus, "anonymous" is not strictly a fit object of onomatology.
When we clear away the junk linguistics, this alleged Etruscan sound change of f h rests solely on foreign onomastics.
Yet onomastics between Etruscan, Latin and Greek prove once again that this assumption is false since Etruscan Χalχas is borrowed from Greek Κάλχας, Paχa is from Greek Βάκχος, leχtumuza is a diminutive based on a loan from Greek λήκυθος nb.
I think basely solely on my onomastics-are-destiny reaction to the name Leola that she was attracted to this pattern by the green print version.
George R. Stewart (1895-1980), midcentury novelist and co-founder of the American Name Society, gave onomastics a good name with his classic "Names on the Land" (1945), a learned and rollicking act of patriotic toponymy.
Why does this onomastics stuff interest me so much?
Operacion Puerto and its onomastics is not related to heroics, but to bags of frozen blood, and the mystery of their identity and the performances they produced - Names such as Birillo, Amigo de Birillo, USA, Hijo de Rudicio, and Piti, treatments such as Siberia, Vino,
But in the time since Barthes, in a manner the semiotician may not have envisaged, that onomastics has descended from the heights of myth and epic having the status of Greek gods.
Yet these elements seem to be more related to onomastics than those she has described in this paper and therefore make the reader anxious to know more.
It isn't clear to this reviewer just what place the Litt article, "Self-Naming and Self-Defining in Subscriptions to Familiar Letters in the English Renaissance," is supposed to have in onomastics.
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