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"Philosophy of Education"

2011 year, number 4


O. V. Khotskina
Keywords: Philosophy of naming, naming traditions, an epic, semiotics, culture
Pages: 51-59


The present article «Philosophy of Naming» attempts to describe the system that structures the choice criteria and personal names selection in various cultures and ethnic groups. In order to build up such structure it is necessary to refer to various language elements and conduct the analysis of its units and cultural signs - personal names, applying the methodology of such scientific areas as philosophy, semiotics, linguistics, culturology, etc. While working on the topic and with the material we were able to single out several groups based on the main naming principle: attribution to a particular ethnic group, relevance to the worldwide events, giving name to the outstanding objects, and the name change after death.