2013: update 2020 | Richard Carstensen | 5 pages

Name as story; name as narcissism

Over the past decade, I’ve grown increasingly interested in cultural differences in the way we name landscape features. Following are a pair of essays I wrote as Appendices to a course manual for a 2013 high school class called Why do we live here: factors in village site selection, for Goldbelt Heritage Foundation.

PS 2020: Originally written 7 years ago, much has happen in the world of place-naming. I recently updated and re-posted this essay.

Download pdf here (2MB)

The full course manual is also downloadable here.