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Martin Sejer Danielsen

Martin Sejer Danielsen

PhD fellow

Current research

In my PhD project I wish to build an interdisciplinary bridge between onomastics (name research) and folkloristics. I am investigating the relationship between place-names and legends, focusing especially on explanatory legends of place-name origins. My empirical material consists of legends from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century from Southern Jutland (Sønderjylland); the Danish folklore collector Evald Tang Kristensen (1843-1929) was here on several occasions for field research during the period when the area belonged to the German state. The material is mainly found in Tang Kristensen’s publications, supplemented by material from the Danish Folklore Archives and the archives in the Name Research Section at University of Copenhagen. Heraldry will also play a minor role in my project, especially the so-called ‘speaking coats of arms’, where you often find depictions of a place-name’s (imagined) meaning.

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