Baptiser un grand équipement urbain : pratiques et enjeux autour du nom des stations de métro à Bruxelles

Belgeo. 2010;1(2):229-240 DOI 10.4000/belgeo.7103


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Journal Title: Belgeo

ISSN: 1377-2368 (Print); 2294-9135 (Online)

Publisher: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

LCC Subject Category: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation: Geography (General)

Country of publisher: Belgium

Language of fulltext: French, English

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Frédéric Dobruszkes


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Time From Submission to Publication: 52 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This article looks into the names given by public authorities to underground stations in Brussels. If naming places can reflect political and ideological choices, naming underground stations supposes first of all helping travellers find their way within a – generally – preexisting urban fabric.In some cases, the toponimic identity of places is obvious, whereas naming stations is sometimes the expression of choices and of conscious or unconscious values, as shown by the differentiated celebration of crafts or public figures, linguistically connoted options, as well as diverse deviations from the “rules”. Finally, the names of stations can consolidate names of places, re-mark them, or remain dissonant.