The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Asian names in an English-language context: negotiating the structural and linguistic minefield

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2013), 31, (2), 0–2.

Abstract

Names from Asian countries may differ from English-language names in two key areas. First, names from many cultures do not follow the given name/s + surname English-language structure, although individuals may adapt their names to fit this format. Second, names from most Asian languages must be romanized for use in English-language contexts, a process which can give rise to inconsistencies because of competing romanization systems, dialect variations and various other factors. This article aims to clarify these key differences and help indexers identify and unravel possible sources of confusion.

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Price, Fiona Swee-Lin