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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Jack Lynch
0802714218
March 1, 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Here is a real treat for word lovers: 3,100 selections from Dr. Johnson's historic dictionary, with definitions, etymologies and usage illustrations. To buss is charmingly defined as "To kiss; to salute with the lips." And laced mutton, readers learn, is "an old word for a whore." The excerpts from the dictionary itself are complemented by the inclusion of Johnson's earlier "Plan of a Dictionary" ("of all the candidates for literary praise, the unhappy lexicographer holds the lowest place," he opines) and three appendixes: one of Shakesperean citations in the dictionary, one of additional literary citations and a third of "piquant terms." ("Ape: A kind of monkey remarkable for imitating what he sees.") In his introduction, Lynch, a Rutgers University Johnson scholar, dispels the myth that this was the first...


Dictionary of Lexicography
R. R. K. Hartmann
0415141435
May 1998
Hardcover
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Choice - Jan 1999
"Recommended for academic, special and large public libraries."

Canadian Journal of Linguistics
"...the tome does contain many useful items."

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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester
0060839783
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
When the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary put out a call during the late 19th century pleading for "men of letters" to provide help with their mammoth undertaking, hundreds of responses came forth. Some helpers, like Dr. W.C. Minor, provided literally thousands of entries to the editors. But Minor, an American expatriate in England and a Civil War veteran, was actually a certified lunatic who turned in his dictionary entries from the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Simon Winchester has produced a mesmerizing coda to the deeply troubled Minor's life, a life that in one sense began with the senseless murder of an innocent British brewery worker that the deluded Minor believed was an assassin sent by one of his numerous "enemies."

Winchester also paints a rich portrait of the OED's leading...



Dictionary of Lexicography
R. R. K. Hartmann
0415141443
July 2001
Paperback
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Canadian Journal of Linguistics
"...the tome does contain many useful items."

Canadian Journal of Linguistics
"...the tome does contain many useful items." --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester
0641695209

Hardcover
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The History of Lexicography
Reinhard R. Hartmann
9027245231
Nov 1986
Hardcover
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Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary
Henry Hitchings
0374113025
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
For the 250th anniversary of Dr. Samuel Johnson's most famous achievement, Hitchings's charming philology-as-biography shows Johnson to be no mere compiler of words but, as he himself put it, "a writer of dictionaries." Authoritative dictionaries for French and Italian were compiled by official academies, but English's first proper dictionary fell to a university dropout and failed provincial schoolmaster turned Grub Street hack—long before he became the Great Cham. The work began as a purely commercial venture at the suggestion of a bookseller-publisher, Johnson labored under less than ideal conditions, assisted only by a group of eclectic and eccentric amanuenses, and burdened by his wife's declining health and his own melancholia. In the end, his four-volume, 20-pound opus defined more than 42,773 common...


The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester
0641715617

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Early Modern English Lexicography
Jurgen Schafer
0198128479
Feb 1990
Hardcover
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Book Description
This two-volume study presents for the first time a census of printed monolingual glossaries and dictionaries published from 1475-1640, as well as a systematic bibliographical description of these works. The volumes are designed as a specialized preliminary examination of the growth and
development of English lexicography in the Early Modern English period. Schafer includes lemmatical material listed alphabetically and documented according to the criteria of the Oxford English Dictionary, additions and corrections never before published, and detailed explanations of how the
material was assembled lexigraphically. In addition, more than 5,000 main entries comprise neologisms, antedatings, post-datings, unregistered senses, additional citations and corrections. Schafer discusses in detail the question of lexical...


Lexical Priming; A new theory of words and language
MICHAEL HOEY
0415328632
June 13, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Lexical Priming proposes a radical new theory of the lexicon, which amounts to a completely new theory of language based on how words are used in the real world. Here they are not confined to the definitions given to them in dictionaries but instead interact with other words in common patterns of use.

Classical theory holds that grammar is generated first and words are then dropped into the opportunities thus created; Hoey's theory reverses the roles of lexis and grammar, arguing that lexis is complexly and systematically structured and that grammar is an outcome of this lexical structure. He shows that the phenomenon of 'collocation', the property of language whereby two or more words seem to appear frequently in each other's company (e.g., "inevitable" and "consequence"), offers a clue to the way...


Dictionaries
Sidney Landau
052178512X
Jan 2001
Paperback
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Review
'This new version is superb. It gives succinct sketches of all the important dictionaries of English from the earliest days up to now, on both sides of the Atlantic.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'Thorough and reliable this second edition (now much enlarged, but still impeccably produced) still is: let us be clear right from the start, it is an excellent book ... Sidney Landau's book is an admirable achievement. I have no doubt that it will meet with the same approval as the first edition in its time, from students, teachers of general lexicography, and professional lexicographers, as well as by compilers of technical and/or scientific dictionaries - a role in which it is probably unequalled.' Henri Béjoint, International Journal of Lexicography
'The book is written in simple language that non-linguists can...


The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester
019517500X
October 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
With his usual winning blend of scholarship and accessible, skillfully paced narrative, Winchester (Krakatoa) returns to the subject of his first bestseller, The Professor and the Madman, to tell the eventful, personality-filled history of the definitive English dictionary. He emphasizes that the OED project began in 1857 as an attempt to correct the deficiencies of existing dictionaries, such as Dr. Samuel Johnson's. Winchester opens with an entertaining and informative examination of the development of the English language and pre-OED efforts. The originators of the OED thought the project would take perhaps a decade; it actually took 71 years, and Winchester explores why. An early editor, Frederick Furnivall, was completely disorganized (one sack of paperwork he shipped to his successor, James Murray,...


Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester
0060836261
October 2005
Compact Disc
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Book Review
When the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary put out a call during the late 19th century pleading for "men of letters" to provide help with their mammoth undertaking, hundreds of responses came forth. Some helpers, like Dr. W.C. Minor, provided literally thousands of entries to the editors. But Minor, an American expatriate in England and a Civil War veteran, was actually a certified lunatic who turned in his dictionary entries from the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Simon Winchester has produced a mesmerizing coda to the deeply troubled Minor's life, a life that in one sense began with the senseless murder of an innocent British brewery worker that the deluded Minor believed was an assassin sent by one of his numerous "enemies."

Winchester also paints a rich portrait of the OED's leading...



English Dictionaries 800-1700 : The Topical Tradition
Werner H"ullen
0198237960
March 16, 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
This fascinating study explores the so-called topical, i.e. non-alphabetical, word-lists which appeared between the beginnings of written culture and 1700. A form of early dictionary, these lists followed the influential paradigms of theology, philosophy, and natural history of the time,
providing us with evidence on cultural history and linguistic development. Professor Hullen draws on many examples to provide an insight into this lexicographical tradition.

Book Info
Provides a learned, yet accessible account of the topical, or onomasiological, tradition in England; that is the arrangement of glossaries and dictionaries under topical, rather than an alphabetical, listing; exploring the principles and origins of this tradition. DLC: English language--Lexicography ...


Idioms in American Life
Julie Howard
0134502078
February 27, 1987
Paperback
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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester
0060175966
September 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
When the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary put out a call during the late 19th century pleading for "men of letters" to provide help with their mammoth undertaking, hundreds of responses came forth. Some helpers, like Dr. W.C. Minor, provided literally thousands of entries to the editors. But Minor, an American expatriate in England and a Civil War veteran, was actually a certified lunatic who turned in his dictionary entries from the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Simon Winchester has produced a mesmerizing coda to the deeply troubled Minor's life, a life that in one sense began with the senseless murder of an innocent British brewery worker that the deluded Minor believed was an assassin sent by one of his numerous "enemies."

Winchester also paints a rich portrait of the OED's leading...



A Guide to the Oxford English Dictionary
Donna Lee Berg
0198691793
August 26, 1993
Hardcover
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Book Description
In a recent review of the Oxford English Dictionary on CD-ROM, Library Journal called the accompanying booklet, a brief guide to the OED, a "work of art." Now, this work of art has been expanded and enhanced to a full-length book, A Guide to the Oxford English Dictionary. Here Donna Lee Berg
has provided a fascinating source of general information about the OED as well as a detailed account of the conventions and organization of the dictionary text, specially designed to enhance the reader's enjoyment and understanding of this incomparable work. This lively volume is the first to
provide an in-depth account of the structure of the OED: it gives an analysis of the components of a typical entry, and covers special entries, such as acronyms, abbreviations, and proper names. In addition, a fascinating A-Z...


Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary, Vol. 2
Alexander Schmidt
0486227278
June 1971
Paperback
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Book Description
Volume 2 of massive work by a leading Shakespeare scholar and lexicographer, a standard in the field, provides full definitions, locations, and shades of meaning in every word in Shakespeare’s plays and poems. The two volumes contain more than 50,000 exact quotations, each precisely located. There is no other word dictionary comparable to this work.


The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester
0198607024
September 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
With his usual winning blend of scholarship and accessible, skillfully paced narrative, Winchester (Krakatoa) returns to the subject of his first bestseller, The Professor and the Madman, to tell the eventful, personality-filled history of the definitive English dictionary. He emphasizes that the OED project began in 1857 as an attempt to correct the deficiencies of existing dictionaries, such as Dr. Samuel Johnson's. Winchester opens with an entertaining and informative examination of the development of the English language and pre-OED efforts. The originators of the OED thought the project would take perhaps a decade; it actually took 71 years, and Winchester explores why. An early editor, Frederick Furnivall, was completely disorganized (one sack of paperwork he shipped to his successor, James Murray,...


Chasing the Sun: Dictionary-Makers and the Dictionaries They Made
Jonathon Green
0805034668


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Book Review
Word-collecting is an ancient practice that began nearly 4,500 years ago in pre-Babylonian Sumer. In Chasing the Sun, prominent British lexicographer Jonathon Green gives an account of his kind, tracing the history of dictionary making from the clay tablet to the CD-ROM. Green also examines--and debunks--the so-called impartiality of lexicographers. No matter how zealously they may protest, dictionary makers are never the passive recipients of linguistic law. They do have an agenda. As Green puts it, they are always "playing God. Or if not God, then at least Moses, descending from Sinai with the tablets of the law."

From Library Journal
In a readable and interesting history, Green (The Encyclopedia of Censorship, Facts on File, 1990) traces the evolution of the dictionary...


Pocket Dictionary for the Study of Biblical Hebrew
Todd J. Murphy
0830814582
November 2003
Paperback
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Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon
Francis Brown
1565632060
March 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
A trio of eminent Old Testament scholars—Francis Brown, R. Driver, and Charles Briggs—spent over twenty years researching, writing, and preparing The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon. Since it first appeared in the early part of the twentieth century, BDB has been considered the finest and most comprehensive Hebrew lexicon available to the English-speaking student. Based upon the classic work of Wilhelm Gesenius, the "father of modern Hebrew lexicography," BDB gives not only dictionary definitions for each word, but relates each word to its Old Testament usage and categorizes its nuances of meaning. BDB's exhaustive coverage of Old Testament Hebrew words, as well as its unparalleled usage of cognate languages and the wealth of background sources consulted and quoted, render BDB and...

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