The Naming of the Shrew: A Curious History of Latin Names

Alice Crosetto
2018 Names  
The book concludes with an appendix titled "The Language of Names," which, broadly speaking, discusses proper nouns in literature and in various uses of individuals' names for common nouns. The author provides a brief introduction to the Cratylus, as well as to descriptivist theory and causal theory of reference, and she shows how a name poses an inherent untranslatability. This generally interesting appendix, which presents some complex issues clearly, is marred by an etymology error on page
more » ... 7 that references Wikipedia (nomen and calere are the origin of "nomenclature," not "nomination"). This is an unfortunate slip and another indication that another round of editing may have done more justice to the author.
doi:10.1080/00277738.2017.1415526 fatcat:7wxtp2664bgxnedarx2k4rmowy