Medical practitioners of the sixteenth century had their own body of special terms, just like the doctors of this century. McConchie examines medical terminology used in a selection of thirteen medical works published between 1547 and 1612, and compares it with treatment of these words in the Oxford English Dictionary and other dictionaries of today, showing how well - or ill - the specialist terminology of sixteenth-century medical practitioners has been
recorded. He compiles a corpus of new data from a selection of medical texts ranging from scholarly tomes to homely handbooks. The study of this corpus reveals errors, omissions, and biases which raise questions
for lexicographical tools in general. Are existing dictionaries adequate in their investigation of Renaissance English? Has current understanding been more biased and more deficient than we thought? If so, how are we to redress the problem? This book uses a specialist semantic domain to raise important issues for lexicographers, and historians of early modern English and medicine.
`Lexicography and Physicke is to be recommended for its richly informative and absorbing analysis of the development of medical terminology in sixteenth-century vernacular usage. Of no less importance, however, is its clear awareness of the ever-widening scope and practical potential of work still to be done in the field.'
Michael G. Brennan, International Journal of Lexicography
`The OED's coverage of sixteenth-century English lexis is quite comprehensive ... dedicated and painstakingly accurate work ... The author provides a careful analysis of a neglected field of Renaissance lexis, the result of many years' diligent work ... a helpful summary of his arguments and findings.'
Journal of Linguistics
Series: Oxford Studies in Lexicography and Lexicology
Number Of Pages: 460
Published: 1st July 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.6
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 4