Naming and identity: a cross-cultural study of personal naming practices

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By Alford, Richard


Names with semantic meaning will be negatively associated with societal size and complexity (60).


Most significant correlations occurred with presence of teknonymy (Tau = 0.44, p < 0.01) and belief in spirits with limited control (Tau = -0.22, p < 0.01). At p < 0.05 significance, the variables name changes in male's life, name changes in individual's life, and exuvial magic are positively associated, and population is negatively associated


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Kendall's TauSupportedp < 0.05UNKNOWNUNKNOWN