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Lebanese Place-Names (Mount Lebanon and North Lebanon): A Typology of Regional Variation and Continuity
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Oriental Languages. Mellanösternstudier.
2002 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present volume covers some 1724 Lebanese place-names in the districts of Mount Lebanon and North Lebanon. The aim has been to: a) establish a database of place-names based on fieldwork; b) present the etymologies of these names based on the latest findings in Semitic lexicography, onomastics and dialectology; and c) plot the results across the Lebanese territory.

The present volume presents a glimpse of Lebanon's yesterday. An analysis of the place-names, focusing on language, geography and society, tends to confirm that language and religion shifts in Lebanon were gradual. Nearly 49% of the place-names are Arabic, 36% are Aramaic, while some 6% are Phoenician. The traditional dividing lines between religious groups are only slightly reflected in place-names. These groups seem to have had a similar sociocultural development. The landscape holds a central position in Lebanese place-names. Water, human occupation, religion and the family also hold a prominent position.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Peeters Publishers, Leuven , 2002. , 719 p.
, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, 120
Keyword [en]
Libanon, Arameiska, Arabiska, Kanaaneiska, Ortsnamn
National Category
Specific Languages Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19618ISBN: 90-429-1248-0OAI: diva2:186142
Available from: 2007-02-12 Created: 2007-02-12Bibliographically approved

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