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PERSONAL NAMES AS MARKERS OF SOCIALLY-PSYCHOLOGICAL CATEGORIES
Pak S. M.

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The research is aimed at disclosing semiotic content (cultural information) implied in American proper-names. In the process of socialization people inter alias internalize the set of names’ culture-laden archetypical stereotypes. The name is viewed in terms of name-giving and name-perceiving practices as a sign of social myth, a marker of socio-psychological categories. As the author sees it the most relevant factors are gender and social status, the basic motive of names’ choice being sexual alienation which in its turn determines names’ distribution among social groups.
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