A History of Roget's Thesaurus: Origins, Development, and Design

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The book opens with an account of Peter Mark Roget's life and background. It then traces the parallel histories of dictionaries of synonyms and concepts and of lexicography more generally. Synonymy, the author argues, is a necessary feature of languages without which communication would be impossible. He traces its theory and practice from Plato to the emergence of the English synonym dictionary in the seventeenth century. Roget's thesaurus when it appeared two centuries later was the first to be arranged by ...
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Overview

The book opens with an account of Peter Mark Roget's life and background. It then traces the parallel histories of dictionaries of synonyms and concepts and of lexicography more generally. Synonymy, the author argues, is a necessary feature of languages without which communication would be impossible. He traces its theory and practice from Plato to the emergence of the English synonym dictionary in the seventeenth century. Roget's thesaurus when it appeared two centuries later was the first to be arranged by topic and the first to encompass the semantic network of the entire language. The author examines the manner and method of its compilation, the practical outcomes of the traditions on which it was based, and the ways in which the Thesaurus reflects and reveals Roget's beliefs and background.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199254729
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/29/2004
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Werner Hüllen is Professor Emeritus of English Linguistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He has published widely on the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language. His most recent interest is the history of linguistics, particularly lexicography. On the occasion of his sixtieth birthday, Professor Hüllen was awarded a two-volume Festschrift, Perspectives on Language in Performance, edited by Wolfgang Lörscher and Rainer Schulze, (Tübingen 1987). On the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday, the members of the Oxford based Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas, whose president he was between 1992 and 2002, honoured him with a reprint of Collected Papers on the History of Linguistic Ideas, edited by Michael M. Isermann (Münster 2002).

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Peter Mark Roget 9
3 Words, words, words 27
4 Synonymy: Early Statements and practices 73
5 The Beginnings of Practical Synonymy 119
6 The emergence of the English Synonym Dictionary 199
7 The Topical Tradition in English Lexicography 277
8 Roget's Thesaurus: A Topical Dictionary of Synonyms 323
App 'Plan of Classification' and 'Tabular Synopsis' of Roget's Thesaurus 377
Bibliography 391
Index 405
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