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Current Orientations in Onomastic Research: User Names

Publication: Limba română: direcții actuale în cercetarea lingvistică. Actele celui de-al 11-lea Colocviu Internațional al Departamentului de Lingvistică, II, p. 31
Editors:Rodica Zafiu, Adina Dragomirescu, Alexandru Nicolae
Publisher:Editura Universității din București
Abstract:In the current context, whose dimensions are essentially determined by the processes subsumed under the phenomenon of globalisation, the linguistic and extralinguistic spaces are subject to continuous and fundamental reevaluations and reorganisations. The unprecedented changes that have occurred starting with the second half of the past century (especially in the field of IT, but also in economy, social systems and politics) have changed the way in which human relationships are perceived, and the coordinates that underlie them. As an alternative to the conventional types of communication, the availability of the Internet imposes a new medium of expression, a virtual one that is extremely flexible and adaptable, meant to meet current communicative needs.
The implications of virtual communication can be noticed at a linguistic level, in general (chat-like interactions determine significant changes in the grammatical structures that one comes across in traditional, conventional speech acts), and at an onomastic level, implicitly and particularly, in the facilitation of the occurrence of a new naming pattern, the user name. As this onymic type is not typical of the autochthonous socio-cultural and linguistic realities, the peculiarities it develops in the landscape described by the contemporary Romanian language derive, on the one hand, from the Anglo-American system of onomastics which it comes from (and through which it enters the local frame). On the other hand, they result from the intercultural and interlinguistic connections that are favoured by the context of globalisation and the development of communication technologies. Therefore, my paper explores the onymic category of user names, from the viewpoint of language contact, aiming at the definition and the characterisation of this nominal variety, starting from an illustrative onomastic material.
Language: English

Citations to this publication: 1

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