This book "supplies a vocabulary of English words and idiomatic phrases 'arranged … according to the ideas which they express'. The thesaurus, continually expanded and updated, has always remained in print, but this reissued first edition shows the impressive breadth of Roget's own knowledge and interests."
The terms ‘proximity’ and ‘distance’ signify conceptual characteristics of orality and literacy. In that branch of linguistic research dealing with linguistic variation, ‘proximity vs. distance’ is a central area of enquiry along with fields such as dialectology, languages for specialist purposes or text typology. The present volume examines commonalities and differences along the topic areas of ‘proximity and diatopic variation,’ ‘proximity and diachronic variation,’ ‘proximity and diaphasic variation’ and ‘proximity and grammaticalisation.’