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."
This volume focuses on a key example of early modern Castilian colonial historiography, the Décadas. The work provides an analysis of linguistic discourse that fills a research gap in Spanish language studies. A widely received text that achieved the highest level of contemporary prestige is subjected for the first time to a systematic, historically informed analysis of its linguistic and discursive constitution.