ERIC Number: ED393315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-28
Reference Count: N/A
The Onomastic Treasure of the CIA.
Lawson, Edwin D.
The contents of documents prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the Cold War, on onomastic aspects of personal names for over 30 languages, are summarized. The languages range from those commonly taught to less commonly taught ones. The number of speakers of the languages range from 1.35 million (Estonian) to 610 million (Chinese). The reports range in length from 14 pages (Slovenian) to 433 pages (Russian); the median number is 46 pages. It is proposed that the documents have substantial value for the study of names. Most contain information on naming in the language, style of name use, pronunciation, transliteration, given names, family names, and the use of titles. Some contain the meanings of names. Many list special features of the language, such as laws on naming, patronymics, and rules for women's names. The report provides a list of the documents, information on their availability, maps showing their coverage, a summary of the data in each, and notes on special features. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Central Intelligence Agency; Name Derivation; Names
Note: Paper presented at a Meeting of the American Name Society (Chicago, IL, December 28, 1995).