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Wasu to Samaz: collective identity in Manyika nicknames

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dc.contributor.author Pfukwa, Charles
dc.contributor.author Viriri, Advice
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-06T10:58:10Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-06T10:58:10Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.isbn 978-999116790-9
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11408/1498
dc.description.abstract This paper explores linguistic innovation and onomastic aspects around the nicknames 'Samaz’ and ‘Wasu’. It goes on to examine place names like Samanyika and its derivatives in popular discourse. Nicknames are statements of identity and the identity can be collective or individual. Among these are issues of standardization, orality and phonological innovation of the nickname. Besides being derogatory and satirical, nicknames carry connotations and inherently own informal qualities of linguistic structure coupled with the phonetic sound. It is on the basis of a nickname that many positive and negative onomastic assumptions about the bearer can be inferred, as will be shown in the paper. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher National University of Lesotho en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Proceedings of the 10th LASU Conference, Roma, Lesotho, 25-27 November 2009 : language contact, identity and socio-economic mobility /​ edited by Alison Love [et al.];p. 427- 438
dc.subject African languages, linguistic innovation en_US
dc.title Wasu to Samaz: collective identity in Manyika nicknames en_US
dc.title.alternative LASU Conference/​Workshop (10th : 2009 : Roma, Lesotho) en_US
dc.type Book chapter en_US


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