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Chronotopes and commodification on the Streets of St. Charles

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Daniel Duncan



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy for Swedish Folk Culture, 2022.

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New residential and commercial developments provide opportunities for ideological and semiotic work to be performed in the course of naming the development itself and streets, buildings, etc., within it. This paper examines the names given within one such development in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, USA. I offer a framework to examine the semiotic work names such as these do, in which I consider place names to evoke chronotopes in order to construct a place as authentic. Relying on this constructed authenticity in selling space and the use of space within the development means that place names and the chronotopes evoked by them carry symbolic onomastic capital and are effectively commodified.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Duncan D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nordisk tidskrift för socioonomastik/Nordic Journal of Socio-Onomastics

Year: 2022

Volume: 2

Pages: 19-40

Online publication date: 20/07/2022

Acceptance date: 06/04/2022

Date deposited: 06/04/2022

ISSN (print): 2004-0881

Publisher: Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy for Swedish Folk Culture


ePrints DOI: 10.57711/nrh1-c172