Words in Dictionaries and History: Essays in Honour of R.W. McConchie

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Olga Timofeeva, Tanja Säily
John Benjamins Publishing, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 292 pages
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Bringing together fifteen articles by scholars in Europe and North America, this collection aims to represent and advance studies in historical lexis. It highlights the significance of the understanding of dictionary-making and language-making as important socio-cultural phenomena. With its general focus on England and English, the book investigates the reception and development of historical and modern English vocabulary and culture in different periods, social and professional strata, geographical varieties of English, and other national cultures. The volume is based on individual (meta)lexicographical, etymological, lexicosemantic and corpus studies, representing two large areas of research: the first part focuses on the history of dictionaries, analysing them in diachrony from the first professional dictionaries of the Baroque period via Enlightenment and Romanticism to exploring the possibilities of the new online lexicographical publications; and the second part looks at the interfaces between etymology, semantic development and word-formation on the one hand, and changes in society and culture on the other.
 

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Contents

An early Tudor LatinEnglish textbook
3
Halles Lanfranke and its most excellent and learned expositive table
17
A lost Elizabethan dictionary project
41
The linking of lemma to gloss in Elyots Dictionary 1538
55
Music amidst the tumult
79
A case study in quotation usage
91
Online dictionaries of English slang
109
Part II Word history and cultural history
129
Early East India Company merchants and a rare word for sex
169
Action nouns in the English suffix al
193
The evidence of Bedes Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum for the replacement of Roman names by English ones during the early AngloSaxon per...
219
William Lambarde and Thomas Milles in search of the golden past
233
Contempt the main growth area in the Elizabethan emotion lexicon
249
OED3 and the vocabulary of swordplay
269
Index of subjects
287
Index of personal names
291

Old English etymologies in Christfrid Gananders Nytt Finskt Lexicon 1787
131
The origin of the word yeoman
153

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