Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat May 9 22:04:51 UTC 2009

Having the OED open at this instant, I note that "auto-" may not be
necessary:  "ethnonym: A proper name by which a people or ethnic
group is known; spec. one which it calls itself."


At 5/9/2009 05:15 PM, Lynne Murphy wrote:
>The term I'm more familiar with is 'auto-ethnonym'.  Only 610 google hits
>versus the 37,000 or so for 'autonym', but a lot of the 'autonym' ones mean
>something else...
>--On Friday, May 8, 2009 13:05 -0400 "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET>
>>At 5/8/2009 12:21 PM, Mark Mandel wrote:
>>>AHD 4th edn
>>>A name by which a people or social group refers to itself.
>>Thanks.  This definition seems useful -- e.g., for talking about how
>>"people of color" refer, and used to refer, to themselves.
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