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  1. jared.wright, A History of Roget's Thesaurus: Hullen

Message 1: A History of Roget's Thesaurus: Hullen

Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 12:00:38 -0500 (EST)
From: jared.wright <>
Subject: A History of Roget's Thesaurus: Hullen

Title: A History of Roget's Thesaurus
Subtitle: Origins, Development, and Design
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	Oxford University Press		 
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Author: Werner Hullen

Hardback: ISBN: 0199254729, Pages: 352, Price: 99.00


Roget's Thesaurus was first published in 1852 and has come to be one
of the most famous and widely-used reference works in the world. This
is the first account of its genesis. Werner Hüllen contends that
synonymy (words with similar meanings) is a feature of language
without which we could not communicate. He describes the development
in the theory and practice of synonymy from Plato to the seventeenth
century, when the first English synonym dictionaries began to
appear. Roget's Thesaurus, the first synonym dictionary arranged in
topical order, represents an enormously significant peak in this
development. This book exposes the conceptual framework behind the
Thesaurus and shows how it can be interpreted as a predecessor of
linguistic semantics.

Lingfield(s):	History of Linguistics
		Ling & Literature

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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