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Authenticity in toponymy

Nash, David


Toponymy answers in part the conference question “What lies behind the idea, common in indigenous communities, that a language may have an intrinsic link with a place, or a traditional way of life?” Every place name has a story behind it, of how it came to be. Drawing on examples from central Australia, I start from the oft-referred links between indigenous toponyms and ancestral Dreaming activity constituting the land and resources at particular places, and consider the qualities of a place...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003-09
Type: Conference paper
Book Title: Maintaining the Links
Access Rights: Open Access


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