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Lexicography and the OED : Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest - Lynda Mugglestone

Lexicography and the OED

Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest

By: Lynda Mugglestone (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780198237846
Number Of Pages: 298

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Lexicography and the OED: Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest sets out to explore the pioneering endeavours in both lexicography and lexicology which led to the making of the first English dictionary published by Oxford. Deliberately conceived as a new departure in English lexicography, the first OED, as James Murray stressed, was to be founded on an unequivocal return to first principles, both in the nature of its construction and in the evidence amassed for its compilation. It also produced, as this book shows, a host of problems: on the nature of Englishness, correctness, and general standards of language use, as well as in aspects of pronunciation, semantics, and syntax. Often making use of previously unpublished archive material, this collection of twelve essays provides both a range of perspectives from which the dictionary can be approached, and also explores the particular problems posed by the attempt to realize the pioneering acts of lexicography integral to the making of the dictionary.

Industry Reviews

`This is a rich and scholarly volume, based on hitherto unexploited documentary resources relating to the OED. It not only gives unusually fresh glimpses into the early history of this work, but also sets out an agenda of issues relevant to anyone concerned with dictionaries and dictionary-making.' The Review of English Studies `In documenting the history of the debates associated with the OED, the volume thus provides a rich history of ideas about language in the period, with the added twist that the OED was itself an agent for change, a force moulding contemporary values and attitudes' The Review of English Studies `Lexicography and the OED justifiably claims to be 'the most wide-ranging account yet published of the creation of one of the great canonical works of the 20th century' Richard Boyle, THES `This study is an essential acquisition for lexicographers, language scholars and researchers. Indeed, anyone with a passion for the English language and a basic knowledge of the history of the OED will find much of interest within these pages' Richard Boyle, THES `This book serves as a timely reminder of the pioneering work characteristic of the first edition' Richard Boyle, THES

1: Lynda Mugglestone: Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest 2: Elizabeth Knowles: Making the OED 3: Charlotte Brewer: OED Sources 4: Noel Osselton: Murray and his European Counterparts 5: Penny Silva: Time and Meaning 6: Anne Curzan: The Compass of the Vocabulary 7: Dieter Kastovsky: Words and Word-Formation 8: Eric Stanley: OED and the Earlier History of English 9: Michael Rand Hoare and Vivian Salmon: The Vocabulary of Science in the OED 10: Michael K. C. MacMahon: Pronunciation in the OED 11: Lynda Mugglestone: An Historian not a Critic 12: Richard W. Bailey: This Unique and Peerless Specimen Jenny McMorris: Appendix 1. OED Sections and Parts Peter Gilliver: Appendix 2. OED Personalia Richard W. Bailey: Appendix 3. The OED and the Public

ISBN: 9780198237846
ISBN-10: 0198237847
Series: Oxford Studies in Lexicography and Lexicology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.58