Using 1954-1959 National Toponymic Series maps as a base point, the study records the development of each name in map sources across a period beginning in the early sixteenth century up to the middle of the twentieth century. Included is a map keyed to the study area, a glossary of foreign terms, a history of the mapping of Newfoundland names, an analytical survey of the place names of the Northern Peninsula, a gazetteer which present historical, interpretive, and linguistic notes, a list of the maps consulted, and a bibliography of the writings of E.R. Seary.
About the authors
Robert Hollett, a member of the English Department at Memorial University, teaches the structure of English language. His research concentrates on Newfoundland language, particularly pronunciation. Author of "Preserving the Pronunciations of Newfoundland Place Names: A Case Study of Bauline East" (1998), he and Kirwin are preparing two other place name monographs - on Placentia Bay and Trinity Bay.
William Kirwin is co-author of The Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland: An Ethno-linguistic Study (1968), with Seary and G.M. Story; and co-editor with Story and J.D.A. Widdowson of the Dictionary of Newfoundland English (1982; 1990). Since retirement in 1984, he has supervised a new edition of the popular Seary Family Names and turned his attention to place name studies.
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Olaf U. Janzen, Newfoundland and Labrador Studies