Vol. 40 No. 4 (1992)
Research Article

Describing Types of Placename Information

Published 1992-12-01



Any attempt to standardize data fields for the computerized study of place names should strive to define more types of data fields rather than fewer. Also, standard data fields should be described and organized in a way that builds upon general ideas about language common among philosophers and linguistic theorists. This does not mean that any particular theory or philosophy of language should be adopted but that the context of common philosophic distinctions would likely make the data fields more intelligible and useful both to ourselves and those in other disciplines.


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