Ashgate Critical Essays on Early English Lexicographers: Volume 3: The Sixteenth Century

1st Edition

Roderick McConchie

Published July 16, 2012
Reference - 496 Pages
ISBN 9780754656920 - CAT# Y235686
Series: Ashgate Critical Essays on Early English Lexicographers


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Laying the foundations for the first monolingual dictionaries of English, the sixteenth century in English lexicography is here shown to form a bridge between the glossarial compilations which had slowly evolved during the Middle Ages, and the more recognisably modern dictionary incorporating synonymy, illustrative citations and other standard features. The articles collected here treat general lexicography and dictionaries in this period, their uses, and the state of research in this field. The volume also covers a fascinating and diverse collection of lexicographers, from the well known - John Palsgrave, Thomas Cooper, Thomas Elyot and John Florio - to those about whom next to nothing is known - Richard Howlet, John Baret and Peter Levens.

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