Nicknames in Australian secondary schools: insights into nicknames and adolescent views of self

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Starks, Donna, Taylor-Leech, Kerry Jane and Willoughby, Louisa. 2012. "Nicknames in Australian secondary schools: insights into nicknames and adolescent views of self ." Names: a journal of onomastics. 60 (3), pp. 135-149. https://doi.org/10.1179/0027773812Z.00000000019
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Nicknames in Australian secondary schools: insights into nicknames and adolescent views of self

ERA Journal ID8980
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsStarks, Donna (Author), Taylor-Leech, Kerry Jane (Author) and Willoughby, Louisa (Author)
Journal TitleNames: a journal of onomastics
Journal Citation60 (3), pp. 135-149
Number of Pages15
Year2012
Place of PublicationLeeds, United Kingdom
ISSN0027-7738
1756-2279
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1179/0027773812Z.00000000019
Abstract

Although it is widely known that language practices can significantly affect adolescent self-image, research studies on adolescent naming practices are surprisingly scarce. The only study to date on nicknames in Australia was undertaken by Chevalier (2006). Her study provides a comprehensive analysis of morphological and semantic features of names but makes no reference to adolescent language practices and their role in society. Our exploration of initial responses to questionnaire data administered to secondary students in Victoria and Queensland schools considers: (i) common adolescent nicknaming practices and (ii) attitudes of adolescents to nick-names used for others and towards nicknames. We end with suggestions for raising awareness of naming practices to promote cultural and linguistic sensitivity amongst high school students.

KeywordsAustralian English; adolescents; language attitudes; nicknames; naming practices
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470207. Cultural theory
520199. Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
470411. Sociolinguistics
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Byline AffiliationsLa Trobe University
Faculty of Education
Monash University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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