Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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This thesis is a cultural linguistic study of Afro-American naming patterns from the 1960's through the present. I show that personal name choices are reflective of the cultural-historical influences present at the time that any given name choice is made. In the Afro-American community this influence is reflected in the manifestation of an entirely new pattern of names which are herein labeled as 'constructive'. Constructive names are formed by the use of one or more 'freefixes' and will be shown to be illustrative of the Afro-American desire for ethnic identity collectively and individually.
Afro; American; Approach; Cultural; Kushawn; Lakesha; Linguistic; Onomastics
Ethnology; Linguistics; Blacks--Study and teaching
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Senif, Clara J, "LaKesha and KuShawn: A cultural linguistic approach to Afro-American onomastics" (2006). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1978.