Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography / Edition 2

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

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**** A reprint of the Scribner edition (1984)--the excellence of which is acknowledged by BCL3. Landau is a great scholar and practitioner of lexicography (International dictionary of biology and medicine) being a recent masterpiece). This is a comprehensive guide to English language dictionaries which explains what distinguishes dictionaries from all other reference books, reviews the history of dictionary writing, explores how definitions are compiled, written, and edited, and discusses the role of usage guides. Includes a critical bibliography of the major dictionaries in English. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521785129
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2004
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

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.
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