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Query Subject:   dictionary presentation of derived words
Author:   Bruno Maroneze
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Dear linguists,
In English language dictionaries, derived words are generally indicated after the primitive word's definition (except when the derived word's meaning is not the sum of the meanings of its parts). An example from the ''English Dictionary Concise Edition'' (Geddes & Grosset, 1999):

nomad n one of a people or tribe who move in search of pasture; a wanderer. - nomadic adj.

This, as far as I know, is a tradition only in English language lexicography. I wish to know when this tradition began (in which lexicographical work), and if there are dictionaries in other languages which also present derived words this way.
I will be glad to post a summary of the responses.

Best regards,
Bruno O. Maroneze
Graduate Student - University of Sao Paulo - Brazil
LL Issue: 14.1955
Date posted: 18-Jul-2003


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