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Trifouilly-les-Oies, Glupov, Pinsk and other sarcastic toponyms: Stereotypic place names between denotation and evocation : Trifouilly-les-oies, Gloupov, Pinsk et autres toponymes sarcastiques. Une dénomination stéréotypique, entre dénotation et évocation

Abstract : Some names of real or fictive places explicitly refer to their inhabitants as fools, oddballs, idiots, sloths, etc., in short, as “country bumpkins”, or else evoke these qualities through a complex system of connotations. Using a corpus of such names mainly drawn from central and eastern European cultures and going back to the 19th century, the effects of meaning related to such toponymic stereotypes (more or less idiomatic) are detected: the lexical structure, the sometimes expressive phonetics, the semantics of constituents (referring to plants, animals or psychological traits), and, too, historicity. This cultural form, which can be traced back to ancient Abdera, has been revived on many occasions in the modern era. It has lasted owing both to narratives that manipulate place names and to images that draw attention to indications that the portrayal is a caricature.
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Xavier Galmiche. Trifouilly-les-Oies, Glupov, Pinsk and other sarcastic toponyms: Stereotypic place names between denotation and evocation : Trifouilly-les-oies, Gloupov, Pinsk et autres toponymes sarcastiques. Une dénomination stéréotypique, entre dénotation et évocation . Etudes et travaux d’Eur’ORBEM, Paris : Eur'orbem, 2016, Proverbes et stéréotypes : forme, formes et contextes. ⟨hal-01417443⟩

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