LINGUIST List 29.624

Wed Feb 07 2018

Books: The Unmasking of English Dictionaries: Dixon

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Date: 07-Feb-2018
From: Louise Bowes <lbowescambridge.org>
Subject: The Unmasking of English Dictionaries: Dixon
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Title: The Unmasking of English Dictionaries
Published: 2018
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://cambridge.org

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/history-english-language/unmasking-english-dictionaries

Author: R. M. W. Dixon
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108433341 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 24.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108433341 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 19.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108433341 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 23.33
Abstract:

When we look up a word in a dictionary, we want to know not just its meaning but also its function and the circumstances under which it should be used in preference to words of similar meaning. Standard dictionaries do not address such matters, treating each word in isolation. R. M. W. Dixon puts forward a new approach to lexicography that involves grouping words into 'semantic sets', to describe what can and cannot be said, and providing explanations for this. He provides a critical survey of the evolution of English lexicography from the earliest times, showing how Samuel Johnson's classic treatment has been amended in only minor ways. Written in an easy and accessible style, the book focuses on the rampant plagiarism between lexicographers, on ways of comparing meanings of words, and on the need to link lexicon with grammar. Dixon tells an engrossing story that puts forward a vision for the future.

Prologue: the work in advance
1. How the language is made up
2. What a dictionary needs to do
3. Semantic set: finish, cease, and stop
4. Explaining hard words
5. Putting everything in
6. Semantic set: big and little, large and small
7. Spreading wings
8. Semantic organisation
9. Semantic set: fast, quick, rapid, swift, slow, and speed
10. No need to keep re-inventing the wheel
11. The nineteenth century
12. Semantic set: want, wish (for), and desire
13. The role of grammar
14. Standing still
15. The way forward.


Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography
                            Semantics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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