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Luvale Personal Names and Naming Practices: A Socio-Cultural Analysis
International Journal of Education, Culture and Society
Volume 1, Issue 3, December 2016, Pages: 75-81
Received: Dec. 23, 2016; Accepted: Jan. 3, 2017; Published: Jan. 17, 2017
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Sylvester Mutunda, Department of Literature and Languages, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
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It is widely accepted that, in all societies, personal naming practices and culture are intertwined (Ngubane & Thabethe 2013). However, this reality is more pronounced in African society in that personal names are not just labels or appellations put on individuals to identify them in the community but rather words that reflect the world-view of people. This is also applicable to the Luvale people of Zambia. Indeed, among the Luvale, when a name is bestowed upon a child, the name-giver chooses a name that truly not only identifies the child as a person, but reflects the socio-cultural context or environment where the child is born. Using onomastics as its main theoretical base, this paper discusses the use of personal names and naming practices among the Luvale people of Northwestern Zambia. Data for analysis were mainly collected from native speakers in Zambezi District of Northwestern Zambia namely Kasoka Samusuwa, Kapindula Sayini, and Kutemba Samafu, to whom I am so grateful. I also used the available written literature on Luvale people as well as electronic sources.
Luvale Culture, Luvale Nomenclature, Zambian Ethnic Groups, Naming System
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Sylvester Mutunda, Luvale Personal Names and Naming Practices: A Socio-Cultural Analysis, International Journal of Education, Culture and Society. Vol. 1, No. 3, 2016, pp. 75-81. doi: 10.11648/j.ijecs.20160103.12
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