n Language Matters : Studies in the Languages of Southern Africa - Onomastic innovation in Zimbabwean : research article

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-5986



Guerrillas in Zimbabwe's armed conflict (1966±1980) developed names from different languages and cultures, and used them to project their ideology and aspirations. This article explores how these names were adapted in varying degrees, sometimes retaining their semantic properties and at times acquiring new meanings. The names are classified into eight categories according to source and function. The naming processes and patterns discussed reveal the value of <I>noms de guerre &lt;/I&gt; as an indicator of multicultural relations.

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