Between the beginnings of European lexicography and 1700, many glossaries and dictionaries were arranged not according to the alphabet, but in a topical order which followed the influential paradigms of theology, philosophy, and natural history at that time. Together with related text genres like treatises on terminology, didactic dialogues, and thesauri, they constitute the topical (or onomasiological) tradition which is an important
lexicographical tradition in its own right. This book discusses the tradition's principles and origins, and by way of illustration draws upon early glossaries, treatises for the learning of foreign languages, and didactic dialogues. Later comprehensive works are presented as detailed in-depth studies.
Professor Hüllen demonstrates that the English tradition is embedded in a complex Continental tradition whose important representatives, such as Adrianus Junius and Comenius, had a great influence on the English scene.
`This is a work of enormously broad scholarship, which brings together a range of quite diverse elements into a coherent narrative which makes for absorbing and often surprisingly entertaining reading.'
David Cram, International Journal of Lexicography
`this is a rich and multifaceted book, and one which will appeal to a variety of audiences. For specialists in more than one area it will undoubtedly become one of the standard reference works.'
David Cram, Int Journal of Lexicography
A - Opening the Topic
1: The onomasiological approach
2: On establishing a tradition
B - The English Tradition of Onomasiology
3: Hermeneumata, Latin-English glosses and nominales
4: Colloquies, wordbooks, and dialogues for teaching and learning foreign languages
5: Treatises on terminology
6: John Withals' dictionary for young boys (1553)
7: James Howell's dictionary for the genteel (1660)
8: John Wilkins' comprehensive thesaurus of English (1668)
C - The European Scene
9: Multilingual dictionaries and nomenclators
10: The case of Johannes Amos Comenius
D - Reflections on the Topic
11: Towards mental lexicography