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date: 29 January 2020

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This chapter explores the theory of Toponymic Attachment developed by Kostanski (2009), and seeks to explain its intricate nature, structure, and co-dependencies. Toponymic Attachment is defined as a positive or negative association that individuals and groups make with real or imagined toponyms. The theory was founded on the basic principles of Place Attachment, and comparisons are provided between existing geographical-domain based theories and potential new avenues for exploration. In particular, this chapter explores not only Toponymic Attachment as a potentially expansive subject domain, but also investigates and explains the subdomains of Toponymic Identity and Toponymic Dependence. The former is an emotional association; the latter, a functional one.

Keywords: toponymy, place, attachment, toponymic attachment, identity, dependence

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