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  • 4 b/w illus. 3 maps 5 tables
  • Page extent: 496 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.9 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 413/.028
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: P327 .L3 2001
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Lexicography
    • Encyclopedias and dictionaries--History and criticism

Library of Congress Record

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521780407 | ISBN-10: 0521780403)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published April 2001

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$104.00 (P)

This second edition of Sidney I. Landau's landmark work offers a comprehensive and completely up-to-date description of how dictionaries are researched and written, with particular attention to the ways in which computer technology has changed modern lexicography. Landau has an insider's practical knowledge of making dictionaries and every feature of the dictionary is examined and explained. Written in a readable style, free of jargon and unnecessary technical language, it will appeal to readers with no specialist knowledge of the field, as well as to professional lexicographers.


Introduction; 1. What is a dictionary?; 2. A brief history of lexicography; 3. Key elements of dictionaries and other language references; 4. Definition; 5. Usage; 6. The corpus in lexicography; 7. Dictionary making; 8. Legal and ethical issues; Bibliography and index to dictionaries mentioned in the text, from Johnson (1755) to the present; A selective bibliography of nondictionary sources.


"No other introduction to lexicography outshines the limpid style of Dictionaries or the rich balance of its contents." Journal of the Dictionary Society of America

"Here is a new thing under the sun: a virtually exhaustive treatment of lexicography...should be required reading for all lexicographers and can be heartily recommended to everyone else who cares to know what dictionaries are like and how to use them to best advantage." The Times Literary Supplement

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