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date: 04 August 2020

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This chapter considers the data necessary for the analysis of place-names, and ways in which this data can be collected and organized. Place-names are dynamic cultural and linguistic artefacts, and the methodological challenge for the toponymist is to capture as many aspects of this dynamism and evolution through time and space as will satisfy the needs of onomasticians, as well as satisfying those of many other disciplines and scholarly enterprises, both academic and lay, which will be enhanced and enriched by a better understanding of place-names. The chapter looks at the various sources for place-names, both written and oral, and aspects of electronic storage. There is a strong emphasis on Scottish models of practice as the author works in Scottish toponymy and is involved in the articulation of a methodology for a survey of Scottish place-names. However, every attempt has been made to ensure wider relevance of all points.

Keywords: place-names, methodology, fieldwork, place-name data, electronic data-storage

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