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date: 26 January 2020

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This chapter discusses the names of private dwellings. The function of such names is discussed, with a distinction made between the primary referential or denotative function, and various other functions which depend on the intentions of the individual house-owner. Various semantic categories of house names found in the literature are discussed, as are different levels of meaning found in such names. A special section on the functions and meanings of Zulu homestead names is included, with an emphasis on the use of these names to communicate messages aimed at relieving tension and conflict. The chapter ends with a discussion of the relationships between the name of a house, its number in the street, and the signboard which usually gives both name and number.

Keywords: house names, dwelling names, Zulu homestead names, semantic categories, house numbers, name signboards

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