The study is focused on motivations applied in naming children in the Ústí nad Orlicí district at two groups of parental population. In the first group there are parents whose children were born in the period of 1960–1975 and the second group is formed by parents with children born in 2000–2012. The data from the parents were gathered using questionnaires. These two groups are compared from various points of view – used names, linguistics factors (length, sound aspects of names, relation of the given name to the family name, hypocoristics etc.) and other factors (family tradition, religion, education etc.). Also differences in the approach to male and female names are followed.
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In this paper, we present an analysis of hypothesized sex-specific genre preferences in spontaneous narratives in a corpus of 286 transcribed recordings of younger school children (aged 6–11). We draw upon Nicolopoulou’s conception of narratives as a symbolic activity with sex-specific tendencies: girls prefer the “family” genre and boys prefer the “heroic-agonistic” one. We operationalized Nikolopoulou’s genre classification into 10 thematic narrative features and annotated their respective presence or absence in each narrative. The application of a combination of statistical methods to our sample revealed that the sex-correlated narrative preferences are so weak that they have no implications, e.g. for school practice. The most prominent result, in fact, even counters the a priori assumption of sex-based narrative preferences: no matter what sex or age, children show a strong preference for “mutual aid and cooperation”.