Dictionaries A Very Short Introduction by Lynda Mugglestone (2011)

Dictionaries.tif“In other words, rather than looking at words in isolation, as in the processes of the past, the aim is, in essence, that of ‘judging a word by the company it keeps’ (a maxim based on the work of the linguist J. R. Firth).” 64

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The book discusses various approaches to authoring dictionaries across history, and some of the various philosophical approaches and problems in writing dictionaries.

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