Vol. 64 No. 3 (2016)

Antecedent Generics: How Capes, Lakes, Mounts, and Points Are Named in the Antipodes

Published 2016-07-02


  • Namesaking,
  • parental investment,
  • birth,
  • family,
  • Nebraska


Toponymic literature often mentions that the names of geographic features generally have the structure: specific + generic. While this is often the case, there are a set of geographic features that regularly do not follow this sequence. These are capes, lakes, mountains, and points. Their order of elements is often the reverse: generic + specific. By using toponyms from the Gazetteer of Australia and the New Zealand Gazetteer, this article shows there is indeed a distinct and suggestive pattern to the names that these features bear, explores this phenomenon and attempts to discover reasons for this trend.


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