Scientific article

French anthroponyms as a heterogeneous category

ContributorsElmiger, Danielorcid
Published inInternational Journal of Language and Culture, vol. 5, no. 2, p. 184-202
Publication date2018

In natural languages, personal nouns (e.g., madame, ministre) are used very frequently and it is usually not very difficult to identify and interpret them in texts. If one tries to define them more precisely, however, one is confronted with a series of challenges. This contribution gives an overview of several types of difficulties that can be observed when trying to establish distinctions between personal nouns and other words. They are related to lexical differences between (personal) nouns and (personal) names, the referential boundaries of humanness, some morphological and semantic properties of French personal names, their syntactic behavior as personal nouns in French as well as the types of predications that may be used in order to distinguish between personal noun use and other uses.

  • Lexicology
  • French language
  • Personal names
  • Personal nouns
  • Categorization
Citation (ISO format)
ELMIGER, Daniel. French anthroponyms as a heterogeneous category. In: International Journal of Language and Culture, 2018, vol. 5, n° 2, p. 184–202. doi: 10.1075/ijolc.00006.elm
ISSN of the journal2214-3165

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