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The The Oxford History of English Lexicography: The Oxford History of English Lexicography General-Purpose Dictionaries Volume 1
  • The The Oxford History of English Lexicography: The Oxford History of English Lexicography General-Purpose Dictionaries Volume 1

The The Oxford History of English Lexicography: The Oxford History of English Lexicography General-Purpose Dictionaries Volume 1

Multiple copy pack 1017 Pages / Published: 04/12/2008
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These substantial volumes present the fullest account yet published of the lexicography of English from its origins in medieval glosses, through its rapid development in the eighteenth century, to a fully-established high-tech industry that is as reliant as ever on learning and scholarship. The history covers dictionaries of English and its national varieties, including American English, with numerous references to developments in Europe and elsewhere which have influenced the course of English lexicography. Part one of Volume I explores the early development of glosses and bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and examines their influence on lexicographical methods and ideas. Part two presents a systematic history of monolingual dictionaries of English and includes extensive chapters on Johnson, Webster and his successors in the USA, and the OED. It also contains descriptions of the development of dictionaries of national and regional varieties, and of Old and Middle English, and concludes with an account of the computerization of the OED. The specialized dictionaries described in Volume II include dictionaries of science, dialects, synonyms, etymology, pronunciation, slang and cant, quotations, phraseology, and personal and place names. This volume also includes an account of the inception and development of dictionaries developed for particular users, especially foreign learners of English. The Oxford History of English Lexicography unites scholarship with readability. It provides a unique and accessible reference for scholars and professional lexicographers and offers a series of fascinating encounters with the men and women involved over the centuries in the making of works of profound national and linguistic importance.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199285624
Number of pages: 1017
Weight: 2160 g
Dimensions: 253 x 178 x 91 mm

offers the most comprehensive treatment to date of the development of English lexicography from the Middle Ages to the present... OHEL has already earned its place in the lexicographic canon. These splendid two volumes will no doubt be cherished by generations of IJL readers. * Areleta Adamska-Salaciak, International Journal of Lexicography *
my favourite book of this year, The Oxford History of English Lexicography. The essays in these two large volumes include pieces on the evolution of specialized dictionaries of science, technology and medicine. * W. F. Bynum, Personal favourites of 2009, Nature *
...invaluable, for its well-chosen team of specialists have brought together more historical points of detail than ever before * David Crystal, Times Literary Supplement *
It is safe to say that any future work on English lexicography will begin here, that anyone interested in how lexicography impinges on specific historical issues will consult here, and that any speaker interested in the quixotic project of defining the undefinable - English - will linger here. * Tim William Machan, Marquette University, Milwaukee, writing for Journal of English Linguistics *

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