Ethnocentrism and the English Dictionary

1st Edition

Phil Benson

Published April 10, 2014
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780415758239 - CAT# Y163029
Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Linguistics

For Instructors Request Inspection Copy


Add to Wish List
FREE Standard Shipping!


This unique work challenges the assumption that dictionaries act as objective records of our language, and instead argues that the English dictionary is a fundamentally ethnocentric work. Using theoretical, historical and empirical analyses, Phil Benson shows how English dictionaries have filtered knowledge through predominantly Anglo-American perspectives. The book includes a major case study of the most recent edition of the Oxford English Dictionary and its treatment of China.


We provide complimentary e-inspection copies of primary textbooks to instructors considering our books for course adoption.

Request an
e-inspection copy

Share this Title