RE: Åland

From: Kent Karlsson (
Date: Wed Nov 02 2005 - 03:31:33 CST

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    Jukka K. Korpela wrote:

    > > Regarding this particular case, I don't quite see why the names for
    > > this "territory" in many languages should include
    > Probably reflecting the English name, but this raises the question
    > of its origin. My guess is that some people thought that "Åland"
    > (or "Aland") alone is so short and little known globally that it needs
    > some addition to give a hint.

    But Niue is an even shorter name for an island, that I don't think is
    well-known, except nowadays for the nu-domain (which is used
    more outside of Niue).

    > > Many "island" territories do
    > > not include that particular fact in their name (though some do),
    > > and in the language spoken in Åland, it is just called "Åland",
    > > usually not including mentioning the
    > > islandsness.
    > Indeed. I don't think I've ever seen the islandness mentioned in
    > Swedish or in Swedish. If there is anything but the name, it's
    > something like "Ålands landskap" or "Ålands län", which roughly
    > corresponds to "county of Åland". Anything corresponding to
    > "Åland Islands" would probably be taken as purely geographic
    > and hiding rather than emphasizing the administrative status.


                    /kent k

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