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Date: 06-Dec-2011 From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com> Subject: Große Lexika und Wörterbücher Europas [Great European Encyclopedias and Dictionaries]: Haß (Ed) E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Große Lexika und Wörterbücher Europas [Great European Encyclopedias and Dictionaries]
Subtitle: Europäische Enzyklopädien und Wörterbücher in historischen Porträts
Series Title: De Gruyter Lexikon
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
Editor: Ulrike Haß
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110241112 Pages: 533 Price: Europe EURO 149.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110193633 Pages: 533 Price: Europe EURO 149.95
This historical survey of European encyclopedias and dictionaries brings together both encyclopaedias, such as the 'Britannica' or the German 'Brockhaus,' i.e. factual reference works, and dictionaries, such as 'Webster's' or the German 'Duden,' i.e. linguistic reference works, as outside specialist circles little distinction is made between information about 'things' and information about words and their meanings.
From the Vocabolario della Accademia de la Crusca from 1612, via the great French Encyclopédie up to present-day works such as Wahrig, Duden and Wikipedia, the field of relevant works becomes increasingly tightly-knit. The individual reference works are described in historical portraits, and their particular lexicographical methodologies analysed.