Toponymy of the Rural Settlement Gnjili Potok
Authors: Jelisavka Bulatović, Goran Rajović
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Local knowledge refers to the understandings, skills, and philosophies developed by societies with long histories of interaction with their environment. Place names (toponyms) can be considered an important mirror of the local knowledge and perceptions about the surrounding living space. A review of the geographical literature on toponyms, as emphasizes, highlighted several aspects of the study of toponyms – linguistic and five geographical (cartographic, political-geographical, historical-geographical, cultural-geographical, theoretical-methodological) – and two approaches in toponymic research as a means of identification, communication and orientation and as a source of research). It was noticed that toponyms are not recognized as a relevant research topic in the geography of our area, but also as a source of data in research. We notice that the treatment of toponyms has been improving in recent years. Therefore, we believe that in that context, our modest contribution will not be out of the question. Thus, in this paper, based on field research and literature, the toponymy of the rural settlement is presented Gnjili Potok.