Vol. 55 No. 4 (2007)
Research Article

The Changing Role of Nicknames: A Study of Politicians

Published 2007-12-01



Recent decades have witnessed a remarkable expansion in the usage of informal forms of people's names (Marty for Martin, Viki for Victoria). After analyzing the likely social causes for this change, we evaluate our theory by studying the naming practices of politicians over the past 100 years.


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