The Lexicographer S Dilemma

Author: Jack Lynch
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802719635
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In its long history, the English language has had many lawmakers--those who have tried to regulate or otherwise organize the way we speak. Proper Words in Proper Places offers the first narrative history of these endeavors and shows clearly that what we now regard as the only "correct" way to speak emerged out of specific historical and social conditions over the course of centuries. As historian Jack Lynch has discovered, every rule has a human history and the characters peopling his narrative are as interesting for their obsession as for their erudition: the sharp-tongued satirist Jonathan Swift, who called for a government-sponsored academy to issue rulings on the language; the polymath Samuel Johnson, who put dictionaries on a new footing; the eccentric Hebraist Robert Lowth, the first modern to understand the workings of biblical poetry; the crackpot linguist John Horne Tooke, whose bizarre theories continue to baffle scholars; the chemist and theologian Joseph Priestly, whose political radicalism prompted violent riots; the ever-crotchety Noah Webster, who worked to Americanize the English language; the long-bearded lexicographer James A. H. Murray, who devoted his life to a survey of the entire language in the Oxford English Dictionary; and the playwright George Bernard Shaw, who worked without success to make English spelling rational. Grammatical "rules" or "laws" are not like the law of gravity, or even laws against murder and theft--they're more like rules of etiquette, made by fallible people and subject to change. Witty, smart, full of passion for the world's language, Proper Words in Proper Places will entertain and educate in equal measure.

The Lexicographer S Dilemma

Author: John T. Lynch
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802717004
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A history of correct English usage for language buffs and writing professionals documents the efforts of individuals who sought to establish specific rules in accordance with events and social conditions, in an account that includes coverage of such figures as Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson and Noah Webster.

You Could Look It Up

Author: Jack Lynch
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802777945
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"Knowledge is of two kinds," said Samuel Johnson in 1775. "We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it." Today we think of Wikipedia as the source of all information, the ultimate reference. Yet it is just the latest in a long line of aggregated knowledge--reference works that have shaped the way we've seen the world for centuries. You Could Look It Up chronicles the captivating stories behind these great works and their contents, and the way they have influenced each other. From The Code of Hammurabi, the earliest known compendium of laws in ancient Babylon almost two millennia before Christ to Pliny's Natural History; from the 11th-century Domesday Book recording land holdings in England to Abraham Ortelius's first atlas of the world; from Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language to The Whole Earth Catalog to Google, Jack Lynch illuminates the human stories and accomplishment behind each, as well as its enduring impact on civilization. In the process, he offers new insight into the value of knowledge.

The Hidden History Of Coined Words

Author: Ralph Keyes
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190466782
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Successful word-coinages--those that stay in currency for a good long time--tend to conceal their beginnings. We take them at face value and rarely when and where they were first minted. Engaging, illuminating, and authoritative, Ralph Keyes's The Hidden History of Coined Words explores the etymological underworld of terms and expressions and uncovers plenty of hidden gems. He also finds some fascinating patterns, such as that successful neologisms are as likely to be created by chance as by design. A remarkable number of new words were coined whimsically, originally intended to troll or taunt. Knickers, for example, resulted from a hoax; big bang from an insult. Casual wisecracking produced software, crowdsource, and blog. More than a few resulted from happy accidents, such as typos, mistranslations, and mishearing (bigly and buttonhole), or from being taken entirely out of context (robotics). Neologizers (a Thomas Jefferson coinage) include not just scholars and writers but cartoonists, columnists, children's book authors. Wimp originated with a book series, as did goop, and nerd from a book by Dr. Seuss. Coinages are often contested, controversy swirling around such terms as gonzo, mojo, and booty call. Keyes considers all contenders, while also leading us through the fray between new word partisans, and those who resist them strenuously. He concludes with advice about how to make your own successful coinage. The Hidden History of Coined Words will appeal not just to word mavens but history buffs, trivia contesters, and anyone who loves the immersive power of language.

Asia S Orthographic Dilemma

Author: William C. Hannas
Editor: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824818920
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With the advent of computers and the rise of East Asian economies, the complicated character-based writing systems of East Asia have reached a stage of crisis that may be described as truly millennial in scope and implications. In what is perhaps the most wide-ranging critique of the sinographic script ever written, William C. Hannas assesses the usefulness of Chinese character-based writing in East Asia today.

God S Solution To The Doubting Dilemma

Author: Gordon Kainer
Editor: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1329865367
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Are you facing doubting dilemmas that challenge you, doubts you find extremely annoying, the kind that are messing up your Christian life? Do you want to discover real solutions that are biblical, effective, and easy to understand? If the answer is yes, then this book offers the answers you are seeking! Readers will discover the reasons why believers in Christ, like everyone else, have doubting quandaries about such significant topics as God, the Bible, especially the story of creation. In presenting the only effective solution that comes through God's grace, this book will unveil the intimate relationship between heaven's rebellion and the creation event. It will also reveal why there is such an aggressive, present-day effort to present the creation story as a myth or parable rather than a literal, historical event.

Symposium On Lexicography Xi

Author: Henrik Gottlieb
Editor: de Gruyter
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In der Reihe Lexicographica. Series Maior erscheinen schwerpunktmäßig Monographien und Sammelbände zur Lexikographie und Metalexikographie. Darüber hinaus werden Arbeiten aus dem weiteren Bereich der Lexikologie aufgenommen, sofern sie Ansätze bieten, die einen Beitrag zum Ausbau der theoretischen, methodischen und empirischen Grundlagen von Lexikographie und Metalexikographie leisten. In den seit 1984 erschienenen knapp 150 Bänden spiegeln sich anschaulich die Schwerpunkte und Entwicklungstendenzen der einschlägigen Forschung. Das Spektrum der behandelten Themen reicht von Problemen der Mikro- und Makrostruktur über typologische und wissenschaftsgeschichtliche Aspekte bis hin zur anwendungsorientierten lexikographischen Dokumentation.

The Lesson Of A Dilemma And Other Sermons

Author: Thomas Gunn Selby
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Dictionaries

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Lexikos

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The Bookman

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Pamphlets On Latin Lexicography Addendorvm Lexicis Latinis Svbrelicta I Ii

Author: Karl Heinrich von Paucker
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Practical Lexicography

Author: Thierry Fontenelle
Editor: Oxford University Press
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This reader collects some of the best and most useful work in practical lexicography, focusing on the central issues and hottest topics in the field. An essential resource for all students and scholars of lexicography and lexicology as well as professional lexicographers.

Dictionaries Lexicography And Language Learning

Author: Robert Ilson
Editor: Janus Book Pub/Alemany Press
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Studies In Lexicography

Author: R. W. Burchfield
Editor: Clarendon Press
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This collection of essays, edited by the distinguished lexicographer Dr. Robert Burchfield, examines and evaluates some of the greatest dictionaries of our age, from Liddell and Scott's Greek-English Lexicon to the Oxford English Dictionary. Written by leading lexicographers from around the world, these essays focus on the large historical, period, and regional dictionaries, providing insights into a broad range of issues, including: the treatment of homonyms, polysemy, and dialects; the effectiveness of dictionaries designed for foreign students; and the way words of Romance origin are dealt with in English dictionaries.

Pedagogical Lexicography Today

Author: Fredric Dolezal
Editor: de Gruyter
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The aim of this monograph, which has rich and evaluative annotations, is to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the issues in a major developing area of pedagogical lexicography. With this monograph researchers and students can have access to a set of 521 articles from a diverse array of publications, many in hard-to-find sources, that will prove valuable in reviewing the literature of the area. Because articles on language users and dictionary users are published in journals devoted to reading research, language acquisition, second language teaching, linguistics, and lexicography, most of the past research in the area has not shown critical awareness of this diffuse collection of research. The annotated bibliography found in this monograph supplies scholars in all the different fields of enquiry a critical guide to past and current work in pedagogical lexicography. Because this subfield of lexicography has developed in a variety of disciplines, it is difficult for researchers in any single discipline or sub-discipline to find relevant and important articles; this annotated bibliography not only provides a highly defined topical index based on a key-word analysis of the literature, but also annotations and commentary that provide the reader with a critical understanding of the important issues and debates in the development of the study of learners' dictionaries and dictionary users. The authors of this monograph have written the critical annotations in a manner that foregrounds the points of debate within the area which helps to define the concerns of the area.

Kister S Best Dictionaries For Adults Young People

Author: Kenneth F. Kister
Editor: Greenwood
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Looks at how dictionary publishing has changed, tells how to select a dictionary, and provides an annotated list of abridged, unabridged, and children's dictionaries