P51 The role of place names in geographical education
Apart from the trivial fact that without place names we would not be able to communicate our space-related knowledge verbally, place names offer a variety of opportunities for geographical education, but prompt also some important decisions. Among the opportunities are:
(1) Descriptive (e.g. Newport, Rocky Mountains) as well as commemorative (e.g. Bolivia, Ho-Chi-Minh City) place names give reason to speak about the characteristics of a place.
(2) Places names have usually a long tradition and reflect history and diachronic cultural stratification of a place. They are keys to cultural and settlement history.
(3) Since naming motives vary with cultural characteristics and economic orientations of human communities, place names are condensed narratives about human communities.
(4) Place names always belong to a certain language and give in this way reason to talk about the cultural and linguistic structure of a place, about minority situations etc.
(5) Place names are often in the focus of political conflict indicating at the symbolic level conflicts deeper rooted in society. They are starting points for the discussion of these roots.
(6) Place-names changes are driven by changes of political power or of political mainstream in a given society. They prompt the discussion of these political changes.
Important decisions to be taken, when it comes to use place names in education, are a. o. the choice between endonyms (= names used by the local community) and exonyms (= names used from the outside) as well as between transliteration and transcription systems in converting names from other scripts.
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- The geographical names in the primary and secondary schools *:
- The Importance of Using Exonyms. On the use of exonyms in school atlases and other educational media *:
- The role of place names in geographical education in Southern Africa *:
- Toponyms in Croatian geographical education *, :
- Urban toponymy as a tool for geographical education. Barcelona as a case study *:
- Street names and other names as part of the linguistic landscape: *:
- Claim Choronyms as a Toponymic Tool of Propaganda *:
- Auspiciousness as Banality: the (re)naming of railway, metro stations and urban streets in post-Cold War Taipei *:
- Problems attached to the place names selection and standardization in preparing the thematic map of Latgale *:
- Représentation de la peur par les toponymes du Québec *:
- Place-names and forest vegetation in Tuscany (Italy). *, , , , :