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Suffixation as a place naming strategy in the central Pacific and its implications for prehistory

Geraghty, Paul (2017) Suffixation as a place naming strategy in the central Pacific and its implications for prehistory. Names: A Journal of Onomastics, 65 (4). pp. 235-244. ISSN 0027-7738

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Abstract

This article uses comparative linguistic data to arrive at some generalizations about the place naming practices of the early inhabitants of the Central Pacific (Fiji, Rotuma, and Polynesia) who are believed to have arrived there some three thousand years ago. In particular it focuses on a pair of suffixes, -(C)a and -(C)aga, that had similar functions of nominalization and were therefore used quite extensively in various types of derivation, including place naming. Many place names so formed are indicators of the environment that prevailed when the place was named, so have great potential value in the reconstruction of prehistory.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Island place names, suffix, Fiji, Central Pacific, place naming practices
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
Depositing User: USP RSC Assistant
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2018 11:50
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2018 11:50
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/10480
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