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The Cambridge Companion to English Dictionaries

The Cambridge Companion to English Dictionaries

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Sarah Ogilvie, Kory Stamper, Michael Rundell, Miloš Jakubíček, Vojtěch Kovář, Judy Pearsall, Edward Finegan, Giovanni Iamartino, Michael Adams, John Considine, Roderick W. McConchie, Rebecca Shapiro, Allen Reddick, Jack Lynch, Robert E. Lewis, Antonette diPaolo, Howard Jackson, Orin Hargraves, Patrick Hanks, C. Paul Cook, Stefan Dollinger, Pam Peters, John Macalister, Traci Nagle, Jill Wolvaardt, Jeannette Allsopp, George Goebel, Maggie Scott
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  • Publication planned for: February 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108451680

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  • How did a single genre of text have the power to standardize the English language across time and region, rival the Bible in notions of authority, and challenge our understanding of objectivity, prescription, and description? Since the first monolingual dictionary appeared in 1604, the genre has sparked evolution, innovation, devotion, plagiarism, and controversy. This comprehensive volume presents an overview of essential issues pertaining to dictionary style and content, and a fresh narrative of the development of English dictionaries throughout the centuries. Essays on the regional and global nature of English lexicography (dictionary making) explore its power in standardising varieties of English and defining nations seeking independence from the British Empire: from Canada to the Caribbean. Leading scholars and lexicographers historically contextualize an array of dictionaries and pose urgent theoretical and methodological questions relating to their role as tools of standardization, prestige, power, education, literacy, and national identity.

    • A team of twenty seven leading international scholars and lexicographers give a thorough overview of the theory, practice and profound impact of dictionary making across the last four centuries
    • Features discussion of dictionaries of regional Englishes including those of South Africa, Canada, New Zealand and also slang dictionaries
    • Provides fresh insights in the importance of dictionary development in the history of both the English language, and the book
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    • Publication planned for: February 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108451680
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Sarah Ogilvie
    Part I. Issues in English Lexicography:
    2. How a word gets into an English Dictionary Kory Stamper
    3. Technology and English dictionaries Michael Rundell, Miloš Jakubíček and Vojtěch Kovář
    4. Diachronic and synchronic English dictionaries Judy Pearsall
    5. Description and prescription: the roles of English dictionaries Edward Finegan
    6. European cross-currents in English lexicography Giovanni Iamartino
    7. English slang dictionaries Michael Adams
    Part II. English Dictionaries throughout the Centuries:
    8. A dictionary ecosystem: four centuries of English lexicography John Considine
    Seventeenth-Century English Dictionaries: Hard Words:
    9. Cawdrey, Coote, and 'Hard Vsual English Wordes' Roderick W. McConchie
    10. Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English lexicography Rebecca Shapiro
    Eighteenth-Century English Dictionaries: Prescriptivism and Completeness:
    11. Recording the most proper and significant words Allen Reddick
    12. Samuel Johnson and the 'first English dictionary' Jack Lynch
    Nineteenth-Century English Dictionaries: Descriptivism:
    13. The making of American English dictionaries Michael Adams
    14. The Oxford English Dictionary Sarah Ogilvie
    Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Dictionaries:
    15. The English period dictionaries Robert E. Lewis and Antonette diPaolo Healey
    16. English-as-a-foreign-language lexicography Howard Jackson
    17. Electronic dictionaries Orin Hargraves
    18. English dictionaries and corpus linguistics Patrick Hanks
    19. Natural language processing in lexicography C. Paul Cook
    Part III. Dictionaries of English and Related Varieties:
    20. Dictionaries of Canadian English Stefan Dollinger
    21. Australian lexicography: defining a nation Pam Peters
    22. New Zealand's lexicographic legacy John Macalister
    23. Hobson-Jobson and dictionaries of Indian English Traci Nagle
    24. South African English dictionaries: from colonial to post-colonial Jill Wolvaardt
    25. Dictionaries of Caribbean English: agents of standardization Jeannette Allsopp
    26. Dictionary of American Regional English George Goebel
    27. The Scottish dictionary tradition Maggie Scott.

  • Editor

    Sarah Ogilvie, University of Oxford
    Sarah Ogilvie is Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics at the University of Oxford, and previously taught at Stanford University and the University of Cambridge. She is author of Words of the World: a global history of the Oxford English Dictionary (Cambridge, 2012), was editor of the Oxford English Dictionary responsible for words of non-European provenance, and was etymologist for the current Shorter Oxford Dictionary. She worked at Amazon's innovation lab in Silicon Valley, and combines her expertise in technology, lexicography, and linguistics in her role as Director of the Dictionary Lab at the University of Oxford.

    Contributors

    Sarah Ogilvie, Kory Stamper, Michael Rundell, Miloš Jakubíček, Vojtěch Kovář, Judy Pearsall, Edward Finegan, Giovanni Iamartino, Michael Adams, John Considine, Roderick W. McConchie, Rebecca Shapiro, Allen Reddick, Jack Lynch, Robert E. Lewis, Antonette diPaolo, Howard Jackson, Orin Hargraves, Patrick Hanks, C. Paul Cook, Stefan Dollinger, Pam Peters, John Macalister, Traci Nagle, Jill Wolvaardt, Jeannette Allsopp, George Goebel, Maggie Scott

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