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Words and Their Meaning : Learning about Language - Howard Jackson

Words and Their Meaning

Learning about Language

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In this book, part of the "Learning about Language" series, the rise and development of the English dictionary is examined, along with the kinds of dictionary available, the range of information they contain, factors affecting their usage and public attitudes towards them. As well as an descriptive analysis of word meaning, the author considers whether a thematic, thesaurus-like presentation might be more suited than the traditional alphabetical format to the description of words and their meaning. The "Learning about Language" series sets out to provide introductory texts on fundamental topics in language, linguistics and related areas for students of linguistics and for those who are studying language as part of a wider course.

"...admirably clear and detailed...All in all, the book is a clear, simple introduction to a big and complex subject and should prove very useful." EFL Gazette

What is a word?
Where did English words come from?
Dictionaries: the repositories of words
Words and the world
Words and words
Analysing word meanings
Meaning from combinations
Why dictionaries?
How to define a word
More than meaning
Different dictionaries
Especially for the learner
Who uses a dictionary for what?
Not alphabetical
The craft of lexicography
Lexicology, lexicography and semantics
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ISBN: 9780582291546
ISBN-10: 0582291542
Series: Learning about Language
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 24th October 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1