Toponymie des îles créoles de l’océan Indien

Abstract : French territories in the late eighteenth century, the archipelagos of Mascarene, Seychelles and Chagos experienced a different political destiny. All of these islands except Reunion became English-speaking. Yet today, we make an essential observation, paradoxical in appearance: these islands still have a mostly French-speaking toponymy. This ascertainment is at the origin of this research supported by a thematic and georeferenced database of about 6600 place names. Thanks to this tool, an analyse has been carried according to several criteria such as the languages, the semantic values, the natures and importance of designated elements and the spatial distribution. The question about appropriation and evolution of place names is also examined and analysed. This work constitutes a base, open and evolutive, for further works.
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Jean-Cyrille Notter. Toponymie des îles créoles de l’océan Indien. Géographie. Université de la Réunion, 2018. Français. ⟨NNT : 2018LARE0020⟩. ⟨tel-01950691⟩

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