English Dictionaries 800-1700: The Topical Tradition

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English Dictionaries 800-1700: The Topical Tradition

English Dictionaries 800-1700: The Topical Tradition

This fascinating study explores the so-calledtopical, i.e. non-alphabetical, word-lists which appeared between the beginnings of written culture and 1700. A form of early dictionary, these lists followed the influential paradigms of theology, philosophy, and natural history of the time, providing us with evidence on cultural history and linguistic development. Professor H?llen draws on many examples to provide an insight into this lexicographical tradition.Review`This is a work of enormously broad scholarship, which brings together a range of quite diverse elements into a coherent narrative which makes for absorbing and often surprisingly entertaining reading.'David Cram, International Journal of Lexicography`this is a rich and multifaceted book, and one which will appeal to a variety of audiences. For specialists in more than one area it will undoubtedly become one of the standard reference works.'David Cram, Int Journal of LexicographyAbout the AuthorWerner Hullen is a Professor Emeritus, University of Essen, and President, The Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas.

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