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date: 18 January 2020

(p. vii) Preface

(p. vii) Preface

Names are a linguistic universal. All known languages make use of names—most commonly, but not exclusively, to identify individual people and places. The study of names, known as onomastics, is central to the work of scholars in various disciplines. It is also of enduring interest to the wider public, many of whom participate enthusiastically in societies formed to investigate names of different kinds. Indeed, name studies is an area where it is often essential for academics and non-academics to work closely together, with local knowledge making an important contribution to scholarly research. This volume aims to provide an up-to-date account of the state of the art in different areas of name studies, in a format that is both useful to specialists in related fields and accessible to the general reader.

The main focus is on general principles and methodologies, with case studies from a range of languages and cultures. The editors are grateful to the many leading scholars from different parts of the world who have agreed to contribute, and who have made this Handbook what it is. We are also grateful to our colleagues in the subject area of English Language at the University of Glasgow for their support, and to the editorial team at Oxford University Press for their unfailing helpfulness, wise guidance, and good humour. They have been a pleasure to work with. (p. viii)