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Изучение афроамериканских антропонимов в аспекте категории тождества и антропоцентрического подхода

Себрюк А. Н.

The article examines specific features of the African American anthroponymic system in terms of the category of iden- tity and the anthropocentric approach to language studies.

Personal names of African Americans represent the social status and mentality of the name giver. The name giver chooses a name according to his or her fundamental beliefs and values with the help of identity expression.

Anthropocentrism is reflected in the lexicon of any language in a specific way, which is most vividly apparent in the naming process. The paper shows that the anthroponymic system of a language is influenced by the values and motives of its creators. The anthroponymic approach to language studies fosters not only language development, but the study of human capacity for linguistic creativity. Personal names accumulate historical, linguistic, social and ethnoc- ultural experience of an ethnic group or a nation.

The author analyzes specific features of African American anthroponyms, which enrich the national and cultural va- riety of the U.S. onomastic system.