A new explanation of the name of London

Coates, Richard (1998) A new explanation of the name of London. Transactions of the Philological Society, 96 (2). pp. 203-229. ISSN 00791636

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Abstract

The history of attempts to explain the name of London is charted, and it is concluded that none of them succeeds in making any headway with the problem. A tentative new solution is proposed which explains it as a probably Celtic place-name derived from a Celticized river-name originally forming part of the Old European stratum of European toponymy, in the sense established by Hans Krahe. Topographical arguments are used to support the proposal, as well as arguments from pre-English naming patterns for rivers and their estuaries. The proposed etymology also succeeds in accounting for the Middle Welsh name of the city, Llundein, without any of the special pleading associated with current explanations.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: Richard Coates
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2012 09:58
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2012 10:50
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/37328
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