Kangarooby : the case of a hybrid toponym: ANPS Occasional Paper No 8. South Turramurra

Jan Tent

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    The coining of toponyms involves various processes. The most common of these involve such factors as description or association (e.g. Coldwater Creek, Rocky Plain, Round Mountain, Powerline Creek, Shark Bay); the naming of a feature after someone or something (e.g. Mt Kosciuszko, Adelaide, Endeavour River, Collaroy etc.); or the commemoration of an event or occasion (e.g. Cape Tribulation, Agincourt Reefs, Whitsunday Islands) (See Tent & Blair, 2011). In a Placenames Australia article (Tent, 2017), I enumerated a number of other linguistic processes that are used in the coining of new toponyms. These include: copying (more commonly referred to as �borrowing�) of words, names or toponyms from other languages; affixation (the addition of one or more suffixes and/or prefixes to a root); blending (the formation of a placename by joining parts of two or more words/names, e.g. Belrose < �Christmas bell� + �native rose�); and compounding (the formation of a placename by conjoining two or more words, e.g. Cooktown, Castlecrag). The current paper deals with a toponym, Kangarooby ~ Kangaroobie, that might be described as a �hybrid toponym� because it appears to be an amalgam of at least two of the afore mentioned four processes (copying and affixation). The origin and meaning of the toponym�s root, Kangaroo, are well known and transparent enough (see below). However, its suffix is enigmatic. This paper examines the problem and attempts to find a resolution.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)38pp
    JournalNewsletter of the Australian National Placenames Survey
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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