Indigenous and Minority Placenames

Indigenous and Minority Placenames

Australian and International Perspectives

Edited by: Ian D. Clark, Luise Hercus, Laura Kostanski

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This book showcases current research into Indigenous and minority placenames in Australia and internationally. Many of the chapters in this volume originated as papers at a Trends in Toponymy conference hosted by the University of Ballarat in 2007 that featured Australian and international speakers. The chapters in this volume provide insight into the quality of toponymic research that is being undertaken in Australia and in countries such as Canada, Finland, South Africa, New Zealand, and Norway. The research presented here draws on the disciplines of linguistics, geography, history, and anthropology. The book includes meticulous studies of placenames in central NSW and the Upper Hunter region; Gundungurra cave names; western Arnhem Land; Northern Cape York Peninsula and Mount Wheeler in Queensland; saltwater placenames around Mer in the Torres Strait; and the Kaurna in South Australia.

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Aug 2014
ANU Press
Aboriginal History Monographs
Aboriginal History
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies, History; Science: Geography; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Indigenous Studies

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  1. Introduction: Indigenous and Minority Placenames – Australian and International Perspectives (PDF, 159KB)Ian D. Clark, Luise Hercus, and Laura Kostanski doi
  2. Comitative placenames in central NSW (PDF, 455KB)David Nash doi
  3. The diminutive suffix -dool in placenames of central north NSW (PDF, 288KB)David Nash doi
  4. Placenames as a guide to language distribution in the Upper Hunter, and the landnám problem in Australian toponomastics (PDF, 341KB)Jim Wafer doi
  5. Illuminating the cave names of Gundungurra country (PDF, 1.1MB)Jim Smith doi
  6. Doing things with toponyms: the pragmatics of placenames in Western Arnhem Land (PDF, 692KB)Murray Garde doi
  7. Locating Seven Rivers (PDF, 2.5MB)Fiona Powell doi
  8. ‘Many were killed from falling over the cliffs’: The naming of Mount Wheeler, Central Queensland (PDF, 290KB)Jonathan Richards doi
  9. Saltwater Placenames around Mer in the Torres Strait (PDF, 448KB)Nick Piper doi
  10. Pinning down Kaurna names: Linguistic issues arising in the development of the Kaurna Place Names Database (PDF, 3.3MB)Rob Amery and Vincent (Jack) Kanya Buckskin doi
  11. One name for one Place – but it is not always so (PDF, 1.7MB)Luise Hercus doi
  12. Why did squatters in colonial Victoria use Indigenous placenames for their sheep stations? (PDF, 2.0MB)Fred (David) Cahir doi
  13. Multiple Aboriginal placenames in western and central Victoria (PDF, 143KB)Ian D. Clark doi
  14. Dissonance surrounding the Aboriginal origin of a selection of placenames in Victoria, Australia: Lessons in lexical ambiguity (PDF, 143KB)Ian D. Clark doi
  15. Duel-Names: How toponyms (placenames) can represent hegemonic histories and alternative narratives (PDF, 3.3MB)Laura Kostanski doi
  16. Water for country, words for water: Indigenous placenames of north-west Victoria and south-west New South Wales (PDF, 2.1MB)Edward Ryan doi
  17. Obtuse anglers: The linguistics and ethnography of fishing ground names on Norfolk Island (PDF, 523KB)Joshua Nash doi
  18. Sámi placenames, power relations and representation (PDF, 294KB)Kaisa Rautio Helander doi
  19. Please adjust your bearings… (PDF, 2.9MB)Huia Pacey doi
  20. Accommodating the Inuit majority: Traditional placenames in Nunavut today (PDF, 3.3MB)Lynn Peplinski doi
  21. Khoisan indigenous toponymic identity in South Africa (PDF, 4.0MB)Peter E. Raper doi

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