Buy New

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Like New See details
Price: £27.08

or
 
   
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
I’d like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The Lexicography of English [Hardcover]

Henri Béjoint

RRP: £37.21
Price: £34.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
You Save: £3.21 (9%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 26 Oct.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Book Description

25 Mar 2010 0198299672 978-0198299677
This book looks at how English words have been recorded, ordered, dissected, and displayed in dictionaries in Great Britain and the USA from the seventeenth century to the present. In the process it offers a complete introduction to how dictionaries are made. It considers the aims of their authors, the methods of their compilation, and the concepts and beliefs that lie behind them.

Henri Béjoint compares the descriptive approach of English lexicography with its more prescriptive American counterpart, and contrasts both with the lexicography of France. Computers have transformed the way dictionaries are produced and presented. Yet, as the author shows, many aspects of lexicography have hardly changed over the centuries: the challenge of distinguishing a word's senses, for example, and of tracing the history of its forms and uses. Problems equally remain: how to treat taboo-words and insults is as difficult as it ever was and the nature of meaning is subject still to fierce debate.

The history of lexicography is characterized by the ambitions and achievements of great eccentrics and yet greater intellects. Johnson, Webster, and Murray stalk these pages with a host of scholars and enterpreneurs: Professor Béjoint vividly documents their lives and deftly takes apart their work. "Dictionaries are an endless source of enjoyment," he writes, "and perhaps the most important object of this book is to try to persuade the reader that lexicography is a fascinating domain."
He triumphantly succeeds.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Between 20-26 October 2014, spend £10 in a single order on item(s) dispatched from and sold by Amazon.co.uk and receive a £2 promotional code to spend in the Amazon Appstore. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed


Product details


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

This well-written book is a treasure-house of information .. . an eminently readable book. A set of illustrations (samples of dictionary pages) enhances its value, as do a copious bibliography and indexes. (Anatoly Liberman, Kernerman Dictionary News)

is a very interesting and stimulating book and I read it from cover to cover with a lot of pleasure. It tackles all the hot topics that are currently debated in lexicography circles today and can serve as a useful reference tool for teaching and for research A highly readable book which provides a real treasure trove of food for thought for anyone who is interested in dictionaries in general, and English dictionaries in particular. (Thierry Fontenelle, International Journal of Lexicography)

A splendid volume. Henri Béjoint displays a quite astonishing range of reference, and I think he manages the French connection with great tact. (Noel Osselton)

magisterial review of the lexicography of English...Henri Béjoint has produced a scholarly account of English lexicography that ranges broadly across the field. Dictionaries are "mouthpieces of a culture"; Béjoint shows how we have codified our culture in our dictionaries. (Howard Jackson, Times Literary Supplement)

About the Author

Henri Béjoint is Professor Emeritus at the University of Lyon. In 1997-8 he was President of the European Association for Lexicography. He has published extensively on lexicography in French and English, including Tradition and Innovation in Modern English Dictionaries (OUP 1994) and, with Richard Wakely, French Usage (OUP 1996). With Phillippe Thoiron he is co-editor of Les Dictionnaires Bilingues (Duculot 1996) and Le Sens en terminologie (Presses Universitaires de Lyon 2000) and, with François Maniez, of De la mesure dans les termes (Presses Universitaires de Lyon 2005).

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index
Search inside this book:

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback