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34 Richard Coates Van Langendonck (1980: 221) observes, following Charles Osgood, that ‘[t]he cognitive effort that the child has to produce [to process deﬁnite expressions] is minimal . . it is not even necessary that the referential deﬁnite expressions contain a concept. If they do not, we are to call them proper names’. Such names are applied consistently to their referents, implying a facilitated physical referential pathway of the kind described metaphorically above. A further consequence of the model proposed here is the same expression need not enter the onomasticon of all users of the relevant name(s) at the same time.
It is an equally commonplace psycholinguistic observation that proper names (especially proper nouns, in the literature) are among the ﬁrst linguistic entities acquired by children. 34 Richard Coates Van Langendonck (1980: 221) observes, following Charles Osgood, that ‘[t]he cognitive effort that the child has to produce [to process deﬁnite expressions] is minimal . . it is not even necessary that the referential deﬁnite expressions contain a concept. If they do not, we are to call them proper names’.
That type may well have begun in Brittonic and underlie the place-name given as Abone in the Antonine Itinerary, discussed by Rivet and Smith (1979: 239–40). Jackson (1953: 524–5) adds precision to Ekwall’s (1928) etymology; Rivet and Smith (1979: 476–7) add further relevant material. Notes on place-name material and linguistic theory 37 Germanic, let alone Baltic, would not do, operated between the wars with a theory attributing the alteuropäisch names to implausibly widely travelled Illyrians.