n Latin American Report - A gringo in the veld : the Latin American element in guerrilla war names in the Zimbabwean liberation war (1966-1979)

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



Every name is a full text that carries a set of denotations and connotations for the bearer and people around him. This paper first gives a historical background of the Zimbabwean liberation struggle also known as the second Chimurenga. It then sets the nickname in the wider context of name studies and briefly looks at the function of the war name as a nickname. A classification is proposed for the war names and this is followed by analysis and discussion of the names with a Latin American influence. Before coming to a close it discusses the significance of war names as statements of resistance and how the sociocultural background of the guerrillas influenced their choice of names.

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