Dr. G. V. Loewen teaches Sociology at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of British Columbia in 1997. Dr. Loewen is a hermeneutics specialist who studies the sociology of culture, knowledge, and religion; he has thirteen years’ experience writing on interdisciplinary sociology.2000 0-7734-7723-3
The Midwest is unique because of the particular patterns of exploration and settlement history of the region. The volume explores the geographical place names which form layers covering the landscape. The original layer, made up of aboriginal names, is widespread. A second layer is provided by the earliest European explorers, particularly the French missionaries and voyageurs who entered the Midwest from Canada in the 17th century. Americans followed, and much of the Midwest was settled and named shortly after the War of 1812.
This is the first volume in a new Mellen series Studies in Onomastics, under the general editorship of Dr. Leonard Ashley.2006 0-7734-5544-2
This is a collection of essays selected with the purpose of presenting a picture of the concerns and state of onomastics in America in the closing decades of the 20th Century. Onomastics is the serious study of names and naming. Names are used in all cultures to designate particular persons, places, events, and ideas. This study helps show both universal aspects of human culture and differences between cultures over time and space. The study of names as used in America is relevant for investigating universal patterns and tendencies, as most places in America were named more recently than the older, earlier-settled parts of the world.