Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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1. Introduction

Toponyms start out as meaningful nouns or combinations of nouns, and some may conserve that meaning in spite of what becomes their primarily identifying and nondescriptive function. But often they become, in analogy to proper names, pure ‘meaningless marks’. Others acquire in the course of their linguistic history a meaning that they did not have before (popular etymol…

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Stefan Wild, “Toponyms”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 13 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0347>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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