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This book tells the story of the first European wordlists of minority and unofficial languages and dialects, from the end of the Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century. It explores not just the languages and the wordlists themselves, but also the lives of those who created them and their...
This book tells the history of the Oxford English Dictionary from its beginnings in the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. Drawing extensively on archival and other sources, it traces the conception of the idea of the Dictionary in the 1850s right up to the launching of the...
Sir Thomas Elyot's Latin-English dictionary became the leading work of its kind. Gabriele Stein examines its principles, methods, and organization, and the texts and authors Elyot used as sources. She considers the book's impact on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century dictionaries and assesses its place in Renaissance lexicography.
From his vast store, here is a bumper collection of Diarmaid O Muirithe's favourite words and phrases and their origins, among them be-the-hokey, barn-brack, break-a-leg, canoodle, hullabaloo, squaw and your goose is cooked.
Shows how quantitative methods and statistical techniques can supplement qualitative analyses of language. This book presents some mathematical and statistical properties of natural languages, and introduces some of the quantitative methods which are of the most value in working empirically with texts and corpora.
Dictionaries are far more than works which list the words and meanings of a language. In this Very Short Introduction Lynda Mugglestone takes a look at how dictionaries are made, considering how they reflect the dominant social and cultural assumptions of the time in which they were written.
This book presents a comprehensive review of theoretical work on the linguistics and psycholinguistics of compound words and combines it with a series of surveys of compounding in a variety of languages from a wide range of language families.