The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

The indexing of Welsh place-names

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2011), 29, (2), 0–5.

Abstract

The indexing of Welsh place-names poses two special problems: certain initial letters which are subject to change (‘mutation’) according to fixed rules, and the use of hyphens. Both problems are discussed, and many examples cited. Lists and gazetteers that have been influential in attempts to achieve consistency in the spelling of Welsh place-names are cited. The merits and demerits of letter-by-letter and word-by-word sequences in this field are considered.

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Moore, D. (2004) Index to Archaeologia Cambrensis (1961–1980. Cardiff: Cambrian Archaeological Association. Index to Archaeologia Cambrensis Google Scholar

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Powel, T. R. and Moore, D. (1976) Index to Archaeologia Cambrensis 1901–1960. Cardiff: Cambrian Archaeological Association. Index to Archaeologia Cambrensis 1901–1960 Google Scholar

Reader’s Digest (1965) The Reader’s Digest complete atlas of the British Isles. London: Reader’s Digest. The Reader’s Digest complete atlas of the British Isles Google Scholar

Richards, M. (1969) Welsh administrative and territorial units, medieval and modern. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. Welsh administrative and territorial units, medieval and modern Google Scholar

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Williams, S. J. (1980) A Welsh grammar. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. A Welsh grammar Google Scholar

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Moore, Donald