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The Landscape of Place-Names

by Margaret Gelling and Ann Cole

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Many place-names derive from prominent features of the local landscape. We can thus discover much about olden-day words for hills, lakes, and forests by studying the names of present-day villages and towns. In this book, Margaret Gelling and Ann Cole present a wealth of information on the role of the landscape in creating names for places, and what place-names can tell us about topographical words. Each chapter follows the same format, approaching the topic in such a way as to make reference quick and simple. It has clearly been thoroughly researched with outstanding attention to detail, and the reader will not be surprised to learn that the authors have been working in this field for over two decades. Its readable style and non-technical approach make it accessible to anyone interested in the subject, as well as undergraduates, graduates, and academics.

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