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Analytical Study on Naming Systems of Kachin for Cataloguing
- The purpose of the paper is to fill the gaps in the cataloguing headings of Myanmar personal authors which are not fully discussed in the Anglo- American Cataloguing Rules (AACR). The focus is on the six ethnic groups of Kachin nationalities namely Jinghpaw, Zaiwa or Azi, Lawngwaw or Maru, Lacid, Rawang, Lisu. Unlike other Myanmar nationalities, Kachin has used clan names in accordance with their traditional custom. The paper analyzed, based on the AACR, the fundamental principles of their naming systems, the elements composed of in names to propose cataloguing headings of Kachin names. What it is found through research are that Kachin has practiced two prominent naming systems, and clan names are used as surname or family names. Complying with the AACR, clan names of Kachin nationalities will serve as cataloguing headings. The result will be useful for Myanmar librarians in cataloguing books by Kachin personal authors. It can also serve in compilation of Name Authority File as one of the portion for Kachin nationalities. Therefore cataloguers can avoid inconsistency in making heading for Kachin personal authors.
Tun Aung Kyaw
- Yadanabon University