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Musicophilia:Tales of Music and the Brain
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The feeling of affection which individuals have for particular places, a term introduced by Yi-Fu Tuan (1961). Places in this sense may vary in scale from a single room to a nation or continent. Topophilia is an important aspect of the symbolic meaning and significance of landscapes. See iconography, sense of place.
Place; region: toponymy.
[Greek, from topos, place.]
- Tendency toward: hemophilia.
- Abnormal attraction to: necrophilia.
[New Latin, from Greek -philiā : -philos, -phile + -iā, -ia.]
- The place names of a region or language.
- The study of such place names.
- Anatomy. Nomenclature with respect to a region of the body rather than to organs or structures.
Toponymy is the scientific study of place names (toponyms), their origins, meanings, use and typology. The word 'Toponymy' is derived from the Greek words tópos (τόπος) ('place') and ónoma (ὄνομα) ('name'). Toponymy is itself a branch of onomastics, the study of names of all kinds. Toponymy is distinct, though often confused with etymology, which is the study of the history of languages themselves.