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English Dictionaries, 800-1700

The Topical Tradition

English Dictionaries, 800-1700 by Werner Hüllen
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Between the beginnings of European lexicography and 1700, many glossaries and dictionaries were arranged not according to the alphabet, but in a topical order which followed the influential paradigms of theology, philosophy, and natural history at that time. Together with related text genres like treatises on terminology, didactic dialogues, and thesauri, they constitute the topical (or onomasiological) tradition which is an importantlexicographical tradition in its own right.This book discusses the tradition's principles and origins, and by way of illustration draws upon early glossaries, treatises for the learning of foreign languages, and didactic dialogues. Later comprehensive works are presented as detailed in-depth studies. Professor Hüllen demonstrates that the English tradition is embedded in a complex Continental tradition whose important representatives, such as Adrianus Junius and Comenius, had a great influence on the English scene.
OUP Oxford; February 2006
544 pages; ISBN 9780191516184
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Title: English Dictionaries, 800-1700
Author: Werner Hüllen