Networks and Knowledge in Roget's Thesaurus

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Overview

In this book Werner Hüllen examines Roget's Thesaurus in relation to linguistics, philosophy and history. He explores the influence of Roget's Thesaurus abroad (Germany and the Romance countries). He epitomizes its history and compares the various editions of the book. In lexical case studies he evaluates some entries with pertinence to their cultural and political implications. He discusses the didactic potential of thesauri in general and considers the implications of the Thesaurus for the study of scholarly linguistics and psychology. He discusses how Roget's Thesaurus prepared the way for the more recent idea of network semantics. By analyzing retrieval techniques one can show, he claims, how the words of languages were (and are) stored in the minds of those who speak them. Professor Hüllen concludes by considering the role of synonymy in language from a perspective of cognitive linguistics showing that it is indispensable for communication.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199553235
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (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 and on the history of linguistics and lexicography, including English Dictionaries 800-1700: The Topical Tradition (OUP, 1999) and A History of Roget's Thesaurus (OUP, 2004).

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Table of Contents

1. A Roadmap to Roget's Thesaurus
2. Roget's Thesaurus, Deconstructed
3. Roget's Thesaurus, 1852 to 2002
4. Three Words from the Thesaurus: Negro, Sex, and Tolerance
5. Roget in Germany: The Adaptation of the Thesaurus (1852) in Daniel Sanders' Sprachschatz (1873)
6. Roget in the Romance World: Théodore Robertson's Translation of Roget's Thesaurus (1852) into French as Le Dictionnaire Idéologique (1859)
7. Wilkins and Roget Meet. An Experiment in Thought
8. On Background Knowledge and Seriality
9. The Didactic Potential of Thesauri
10. A Cognitive View of Synonymy
References
Index

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