The Evolution of English Lexicography: Delivered in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, June 22, 1900

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Page 30 - 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 21 - I called them their Alvearie 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 worthy prayse for the same, unworthily drowned in oblivion.
Page 43 - 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 13 - 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 21 - ... 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 30 - 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 45 - Bailey, Johnson, Todd, Webster, Richardson, and others, and to prepare a supplement to all the dictionaries, which should register all omitted words and senses, and supply all the historical information in which these works were lacking, and, above all, should give quotations illustrating the first and last appearance, and every notable point in the life-history of every word.
Page 21 - Liuie, &c. & to set them vnder seuerall titles, for the more readie finding them againe at their neede. 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...
Page 12 - Glossary they have become proportionally more numerous: and in the glossaries that follow. the Latin explanations are more and more eliminated and replaced by English ones. until the vocabularies of the tenth and eleventh centuries. whether arranged alphabetically or under classified headings. are truly Latin-English: every Latin word...
Page 25 - British or Welsh, Low Dutch, High Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, which he entitled ' 'Hyf/uajj; fi? ray yAwoxras, id CSt Ductor in LitlgUOS, the Guide into Tongues.

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