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Title:An Anthropolinguistic Study of Igbo Market-Day Anthroponyms
Author:Onukawa, M.C.
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
first names
Igbo language
Anthropology and Archaeology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13696819808717827
Abstract:African names are usually of three classes: unique, given and pet. Unique names are based on certain unique circumstances, such as the day of birth. Igbo market-day names (southeastern Nigeria) are a good example of such unique names. The author discusses the Igbo unique names associated with the four market-day deities. His linguistic and socioanthropological analysis indicates that market-day names divide neatly into antonyms based on sex and that they take the form of associative constructions. ko and Oke are separate but related nominals. They combine variously with market-day nominals to derive market-day names, as do 'Mgb.o and ny'.i. The Igbo do not all have the same ranking for the market-day deities. Nor are market-days as unique names a pan-Igbo practice and the peculiarity of market days in naming is not valued equally in all Igbo communities. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.