Ashgate Critical Essays on Early English Lexicographers: Volume 5: The Eighteenth Century

1st Edition

Anne C. McDermott

Routledge
Published December 18, 2012
Reference - 520 Pages
ISBN 9780754656944 - CAT# Y240323
Series: Ashgate Critical Essays on Early English Lexicographers

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Summary

The eighteenth century is renowned for the publication of Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language, which reference sources still call the first English dictionary. This collection demonstrates the inaccuracy of that claim, but its tenacity in the public mind testifies to how decisively Johnson formed our sense of what a dictionary is. The essays and articles in this volume examine the already flourishing tradition of English lexicography from which Johnson drew, as represented by Kersey, Bailey, and Martin, as well as the flourishing contemporary trade in encyclopedic, technical, pronunciation, and bilingual lexicons.

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