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date: 01 April 2020

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This chapter describes the development in literary onomastics from the analysis of isolated (personal) names towards the analysis of all names in the so-called ‘onymic landscape’, not only personal names, but also place-names and other names. This approach to names in literature makes intensive use of the possibilities of information technology (the computer) and/or uses a quantitative approach to the analysis of large amounts of data. This way of looking at the onymic landscape is not yet mainstream. The step from the analysis of relatively small text corpora to very large corpora is still rare. The chapter describes the history and background of this turn towards more data, and sketches the ways in which scholars have dealt with the advantages and disadvantages of a computational approach. It concludes by highlighting the nature of the challenges expected in the near future.

Keywords: literary onomastics, onymic landscape, quantitative approach, name functions, visualization

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