An experiment in public engagement with the Cognitive Toponymy project

Burns, A., Hough, C., and Simmons, D. (2016) An experiment in public engagement with the Cognitive Toponymy project. In: Hough, C. and Izdebska, D. (eds.) Names and Their Environment: Proceedings of the 25th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences, Glasgow, 25-29 August 2014. University of Glasgow: Glasgow, pp. 120-129. ISBN 0852619472

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Abstract

The Cognitive Toponymy project is a collaboration between the Universities of Copenhagen, Glasgow and St Andrews. Funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh from 2014-2016, the project uses place names to investigate how people conceptualize place in Western Europe. As part of the Glasgow Science Festival (5-15 June 2014), the Cognitive Toponymy team organized a stand at the University of Glasgow’s Science Sunday event. Visitors were shown photographs of ten landscape features from different parts of Scotland, and invited to suggest names for them. The aim was to identify naming strategies, and to find out which aspects of the images were considered most salient. The responses revealed a number of common themes, including colour, shape, size, and links to the supernatural.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Refereed:No
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hough, Professor Carole and Simmons, Dr David
Authors: Burns, A., Hough, C., and Simmons, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Publisher:University of Glasgow
ISBN:0852619472
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
650451Cognitive Toponymy: People and Places in SynergyCarole HoughRoyal Society of Edinburgh (ROY_SOC_ED)UNSPECIFIEDCRIT - ENGLISH LANGUAGE