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.
The full course manual is also downloadable here.