Country names on Word of Mouth

Our very own Professor in Linguistics/Onomastics, Richard Coates, was on BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth programme talking about country names.  If you missed it, you can catch up here.  Richard discusses how countries get their names, who names them and why they can vary from language to language.  He also brings his place names expertise to bear on the thorny issue of what to call the United Kingdom if Scotland were to ever become independent!  Well worth a listen.

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