Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Moderna vardagliga binamn i Sverige
Högskolan i Halmstad, Akademin för lärande, humaniora och samhälle.
2016 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)Alternative title
Modern everyday nicknames in Sweden (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study is to examine the modern everyday use of nicknames. The study is based on two different types of material – questionnaires and interviews. In contrast to previous nicknames-studies in Sweden, this study considers, not only different sorts of nicknames, even though this has been taken into consideration, but the function of the nicknames in everyday communication. The observations are based on the name-bearer’s own estimation of his or her nickname(s). The theoretical framework is a combination of onomastics, sociolinguistic, identity-theoretical, and interactional theories. The results demonstrate that the use of nicknames is an important social act that can be either positive or negative for the nickname-users. Six naming environments have been identified for the nicknames’ occurrence: childhood family, childhood friends, sports context, adulthood friends, partner and other. It appears that nicknames are co-creators of a gender and a youth identity. Three different functions for nicknames have been identified: affective function, relation function and positioning function. Finally, this study argues that there are two dimensions, public–private and exclusive–inclusive, that are useful in describing the use of nicknames.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Institutionen för nordiska språk, Seminariet för nordisk namnforskning, Uppsala universitet , 2016. , 166 p.
Namn och Samhälle, ISSN 1404-1790 ; 29
Keyword [en]
onomastics, socio-onomastics, personal names, nicknames, sociolinguistics, doing identity, gender, youth
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295470ISBN: 978-91-506-2554-7OAI: diva2:941444
Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-06-07 Last updated: 2016-06-22

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(1130 kB)65 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 1130 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 65 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 136 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link