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LINGUIST List 20.95

Mon Jan 12 2009

Books: Discipline of Ling/Semantics/Psycholing: Hüllen

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        1.    Jennifer Clark, Networks and Knowledge in Roget's Thesaurus: Hüllen

Message 1: Networks and Knowledge in Roget's Thesaurus: Hüllen
Date: 09-Dec-2008
From: Jennifer Clark <jennifer.clarkoup.com>
Subject: Networks and Knowledge in Roget's Thesaurus: Hüllen
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Title: Networks and Knowledge in Roget's Thesaurus
Published: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Book URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199553235

Author: Werner Hüllen
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199553235 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 45.00
Hardback: ISBN: 0199553238 9780199553235 Pages: 256 Price: U.S. $ 99.00

In this book Werner Hüllen examines Roget's Thesaurus in relation to
linguistics, philosophy and history. He explores the influence of Roget's
Thesaurus abroad (Germany and the Romance countries). He epitomizes its
history and compares the various editions of the book. In lexical case
studies he evaluates some entries with pertinence to their cultural and
political implications. He discusses the didactic potential of thesauri in
general and considers the implications of the Thesaurus for the study of
scholarly linguistics and psychology. He discusses how Roget's Thesaurus
prepared the way for the more recent idea of network semantics. By
analyzing retrieval techniques one can show, he claims, how the words of
languages were (and are) stored in the minds of those who speak them.
Professor Hüllen concludes by considering the role of synonymy in language
from a perspective of cognitive linguistics showing that it is
indispensable for communication.

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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