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dc.contributor.authorNash, J.-
dc.contributor.authorChuk, T.-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 2012; 10(4):301-320-
dc.description.abstractA linguistic and cultural analysis of diving site names and their role as toponyms is absent in Pacific research and studies into scuba diving tourism. This article analyzes a corpus of 38 diving site names collected during interview-based fieldwork on Norfolk Island. The analyses demonstrate that the naming of Norfolk Island diving sites can be perceived as a type of tourism management – through the names, diving sites are ascribed varying degrees of linguistic, cultural, and historical significance. Previous studies in tourism research have argued that tourism can be perceived as a modern form of pilgrimage, and that the naming of tourism sites is a way of sacralizing sites in order to emphasize their importance within processes of pilgrimage. The results of this article reveal empirically that Norfolk diving sites are part of a sacralization process, where transference of the cultural, historical, and environmental significance from names as language to locations as place occurs. The article puts forward diving site names not only as a toponymic taxon of interest to toponymy and linguistics but also for island and coastal studies in the Pacific and elsewhere.-
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityJoshua Nash & Tin Chuk-
dc.rights© 2012 Taylor & Francis-
dc.subjectlanguage and tourism-
dc.subjectscuba diving-
dc.subjectsite sacralization-
dc.subjectlinguistic landscape-
dc.titleIn deep water: diving site names on Norfolk Island-
dc.typeJournal article-
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