Chosen words: past and present problems for dictionary makers
What goes into our dictionaries and why? This informative collection of essays shows how dictionaries today have grown from the small beginnings of English lexicography in Shakespeare's time. Discussion is anchored in the practice of the past, but the author has been concerned throughout to show how the difficulties which beset the first compilers are still with us today. The essays may thus be read as a stimulating, even chastening, introduction to some of the practical problems that might confront any trainee lexicographer. The product of over forty years' scholarly work on Cawdrey, Kersey, Bailey, Johnson and other lexicographers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, these essays cover a wide variety of topics, including dialect words, variant spellings, how strict the alphabetical order can or should be, the treatment of phrasal verbs, of the literary and learned language, of common words, archaism and figurative usage. There are also critical assessments of some of the great historical dictionaries of Europe.
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Modern Practice and the Origins
John Kersey and the First
Dialect Words in General Dictionaries
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alphabetical archaisms Bailey Bailey's bilingual dictionaries Blount Browne Bullokar Cawdrey chapter COBUILD Cockeram Coles Collins common words Congleton Cotgrave definitions dialect words Dictionaire dictionaries of English dictionary maker Dr Johnson Dutch Dutch-French early dictionaries edition eighteenth century English Language English Studies English words English-Latin entries entry-words etymologies evidence figurative foreign French dictionaries give given Glossographia Grimm Halma Hexham historical dictionary idioms illustrate instance John Kersey Kersey Kersey's later Latin Latin-English learners letter lexical lexicographer linguistic literary London marked material meaning Mellema modern monolingual dictionary monolingual English dictionary monolingual learners nouns obsolescent occur Osselton Oxford Oxford English Dictionary Phillips phrasal verbs phrases preface printers problem Promptorium Parvulorum Pseudodoxia Epidemica published quotations record reference Rider Schafer seems sense seventeenth century Sewel spelling Starnes and Noyes technical terms tradition UEED usage labels vocabulary volumes Woordenboek word-list