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Proper names often have shorter variants, e.g., the Boston Common < = = > the Common, New York City < = = > New York. A description of this phenomenon is proposed that decomposes it into four sub-processes: Category Ellipsis, Location Ellipsis, Appellation Formation, and Explicit Metonomy. Discussion focusses principally on the former two processes, which produce "nameheods"-briefer alternations of proper names that preserve the naming function. It is argued that the name shortening processes (a) operate in a lexical domain; but (b) are non-grammatical. An extra-grammatical analysis of the processes is outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-153
Number of pages33
JournalCognitive Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Artificial Intelligence


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