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ICOS 2008 Conference Abstract

Inappropriate Place Names -- Do They Exist?

Author(s):
A C Torensjö
National Land Survey of Sweden, Sweden

My paper will deal with different cases concerning people’s requests for change of principles of place name standardization and the care and preservation of place names. Sweden today is a multicultural society, where Swedish, as the principal language, exists side by side with the minority languages and the native dialects. In some parts of Sweden, there is a strong desire to be able to use dialect forms of place names in official usage. Common aspects for these requests and desires are that there is a common ambition to attain positive values with help of the place names, to be regarded as unique and to gain respect. I would like my paper to be a starting point for a comparative discussion of these matters in an international perspective.

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