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Naming and war in modern Germany

  • This paper analyzes naming behavior in Germany in the context of rapid social change. It begins with an overview of general developments in naming in Germany over the last one hundred years, based on data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), which supplies us with almost 45,000 datasets. The paper focuses on the periods of World War II and the Cold War since we conclude that general developments in naming were disrupted by these two phenomena. Wartime brings accelerated social change in its wake and people react to this social change - often on an apparently individual level. Here, our findings are in accordance with established sociological theories.

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Author:Anja Bruhn, Denis Huschka, Gert G. Wagner
ISSN:0027-7738 (print)
Parent Title (English):Names : a journal of onomastics
Publisher:Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication:Leeds
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2012
Year of Completion:2012
Release Date:2017/03/26
Tag:Cold War; Germany; SOEP; World War II; naming
First Page:74
Last Page:89
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Linguistik / Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Peer Review:Referiert