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Questions about the study of proper names.

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Is there a generic English term for the relation actor:actress?

I am looking for a generic term describing the relation actor:actress or Paul:Paula, like actress is a ____ of actor. In German, there is the term Movierung for this, and it works in both directions (...
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How to classify Compound Strings?

My team and I have been working on a project that involves classifying different strings in a text, or more specifically, Wikipedia Infoboxes. For example, Barack Obama would be classified as a ...
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Patterns and trends for startup names

Does anyone have any stats, research papers, etc. surrounding trends for startup naming. It seems quote popular to, for example: remove vowels from words, start the company name with a lower-case ...
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“Dexenoethnic exonyms”: typological studies, references and/or resources?

By "dexenoethnic exonym" (my own coinage for the purpose of this particular question) I mean an ethnonym/glottonym derived from a name originally applied to a (language of a) different ethnic group, ...
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Markers for feminine and masculine names in Old Norse?

A question in two parts: One, is there a way, other than original context, to determine whether a name in Old Norse is generally masculine or generally feminine? Two, how would one go about ...
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Is there a term for names with the “X the Y” construction? [closed]

For example, "Ivan the Terrible" or "Conan the Barbarian".
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Morphology of proper names

I'm wondering if there are any general morphological properties of proper names. If a word is used as a name, it will be constrained by whatever syntactic constraints that language uses from proper ...