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."
Preface; 1. Introductory; 2. How each individual acquires his language; 3. The conservative and alternative forces in language; 4. Growth of language; 5. Growth of language (cont.); 6. Growth of language (cont.); 7. Growth of language (cont.); 8. Summary: the name-making process; 9. Local and class variation of language; 10. Indo-European language; 11. Linguistic structure; 12. Other families of language; 13. Language and ethnology; 14. Nature and origin of language; 15. The science of language; Index.