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Palmers and Shadows, Spirits and Ghosts
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2161  Tuesday, 11 November 2003

From:           Douglas Galbi <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Nov 2003 11:04:56 -0500
Subject: 14.2148 Palmers and Shadows, Spirits and Ghosts
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2148 Palmers and Shadows, Spirits and Ghosts

Actually, what's misleading is the scholarship that you cite, and which
I reviewed in Appendix A, pp. 174-6 of "Sense in Communication."  I
would encourage scholars to look at actual data, rather than just old
authorities.  See Table 2, p. 98, and Tables A1-A4, pp. 174-6, in "Sense
in Communication," available at www.galbithink.org

Using new computer and communication technologies, scholarship on
personal names is advancing rapidly. Names, Nomina, and Onoma are
important journals that cover developments in this field. I've recently
done work on personal names, and some of my work on personal names in
England was published in Names.  See "A New Account of Personalization
and Effective Communication" and "Long Term Trends in UK Personal Name
Frequencies," both available at www.galbithink.org

>It should be pointed out that although the Latin
>forms of baptismal names were usually used formally,
>in everyday speech the English forms would be used.  Hence:
>
>Maria: "My name is Mary, sir." (TN, Act 1, Sc. 3)

It seems to me that you've got this backwards. Mary here is used
formally/ironically; see also TW 1.5.10 and 2.3.111.  In fact, "Maria"
seems to have been equivalent in everyday use to "Marie", which Camden
(1605) listed as one of the usual names for woman in England, See "Sense
in Communication," p. 103, ft. 5 and 6.

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