1977, The Nature of Soviet Place-Names
.--Names 25 (1), 15-24.
Richard saw a need for his book because, while there are many local and specialist books on the subject of place-names
in Glamorgan, no-one had attempted to draw all of this research together and to revise it.
of Glamorgan by Richard Morgan is published by Welsh Academic Press, priced PS19.99.
In our case, we have yet to seriously examine our place-name
system, including our rampant whimsical practice of changing historic names of streets and structures and putting in their stead names of local politicians.
It is a name that evokes to some the dogged fieldworker who, as head of the Scottish Place-Name
Survey, travelled around the country interviewing individuals about local toponyms; for many it evokes the pioneering folklorist who was the first and only person to be president of both the American Folklore Society and the Folklore Society; still others see in its onomastic content the educator and university administrator whose sixty-year transatlantic career inspired three generations of new scholars and brought him from Germany to Scotland, Ireland, the United States, and Denmark.
One desideratum I have is that the next edition should include a full index of the place-names
mentioned, in addition to the helpful general index.
In the following sub-section, Nagel discusses "Principles of Place-name
Giving" starting with actual English place names; he then moves on to argue that Tolkien followed real patterns in his place-names
Gaerwen is near Llanfairpwll, the short version of the 58-letter name which is the longest place-name
Surnames derived from local place-names
were also included.
This book is highly recommended, not only for the pleasure of reading about our place-names
, but as a handy reference for years to come.
Within the last hundred years, many individual studies of English place-names
, and the ongoing work of the English Place-Name
Survey, have succeeded in establishing the toponymic corpus of England as a valuable resource for the early history of the English language.
He then covers place-names
by latitude, ranging from northern Europe to the less-obvious in Africa and Asia.