The Evolution of English Lexicography

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Page 31 - Merchants, as also Strangers of any Nation, to the understanding of the more difficult authors already printed in our Language, and the more speedy attaining of an elegant perfection of the English tongue, both in reading, speaking and writing.
Page 20 - To go forward, his Lordship of Winchester is a great Clarke, for he hath translated his Dictionarie, called Copers Dictionarie, verbatim out of Robert Stephanus his Thesaurus, and ilfauored to they say.
Page 22 - I called then their Aluearie, both for a memoriall, by whom it was made, and also by this name to incourage other to the like diligence, for that they should not see their worthie praise for the same, vnworthilie drowned in obliuion.
Page 33 - Arithmetic perform'd as well, This necessary work took next in hand, That Englishmen might English understand.
Page 28 - Solomon, the son of David, who built the temple," but "David's son Solomon, who built the temple." Though, in general, the relative pronoun introduces the clause, we sometimes for emphasis put some other word into the first place: A deeply interesting book is this ancestor of the modern dictionary, to describe which adequately would take far more time than the limits of this lecture afford (Sir J. Murray). Where the construction in two or more successive relative clauses is the same and there is...
Page 44 - Richardson started on a new track altogether. Observing how much light was shed on the meaning of words by Johnson's quotations, he was impressed with the notion that, in a dictionary, definitions are unnecessary, that quotations alone are sufficient; and he proceeded to carry this into effect by making a dictionary without definitions or explanations of meaning, or at least with the merest rudiments of them, but illustrating each group of words by a large series of quotations. In the collection...
Page 14 - Studies in English, by Members of the English Seminar of the Charles University, Prague, 4th vol.), says, " in literary culture the Normans were about as far behind the people whom they conquered as the Romans were when they made themselves masters of Greece...
Page 22 - ... word they missed, (knowing then of no other Dictionarie to helpe vs, but Sir Thomas Eliots Librarie* which was come out a little before) I appoynted them certaine leaues of the same booke...
Page 31 - Alphabetical!, conteyning and teaching the true writing, and understanding of hard usuall English words, borrowed from the Hebrew, Greeke, Latin, or French, etc. With the interpretation thereof by plaine English words, gathered for the benefit and help of Ladies, Gentlewomen, or any other unskilful persons.
Page 22 - Thus, within a yeere or two, they had gathered together a great volume, which (for the apt similitude betweene the good Scholers and diligent Bees in gathering their waxe and honie into their Hiue...

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