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1st Edition

A Sociolinguistic History of British English Lexicography

ISBN 9781032024677
Published September 16, 2021 by Routledge
262 Pages

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Book Description

A Sociolinguistic History of British English Lexicography traces the evolution of British English dictionaries from their earliest roots to the end of the 20th century by adopting both sociolinguistic and lexicographical perspectives. It attempts to break out of the limits of the dictionary-ontology paradigm and set British English dictionary-making and research against a broader background of socio-cultural observations, thus relating the development of English lexicography to changes in English, accomplishments in English linguistics, social and cultural progress, and advances in science and technology.

It unfolds a vivid, coherent and complete picture of how English dictionary-making develops from its archetype to the prescriptive, the historical, the descriptive and finally to the cognitive model, how it interrelates to the course of the development of a nation's culture and the historical growth of its lexicographical culture, as well as how English lexicography spreads from British English to other major regional varieties through inheritance, innovation and self-perfection.

This volume will be of interest to students and academics of English lexicography, English linguistics and world English lexicography.

Table of Contents


Chapter One The Latin roots in English dictionaries and the inception of English lexicographical culture

Chapter Two The early development of English bilingual lexicography and its deviation from Latin traditions

Chapter Three The bourgeoning of English monolingual dictionary paradigm and the extension of bilingual dictionary traditions in the 17th century

Chapter Four The termination of hard-word traditions in English lexicography and its pursuit of prescriptivism

Chapter Five The European philological traditions and the creation of the diachronic dictionary paradigm in the 19th century

Chapter Six The transformation of lexicographical traditions and the prosperity of British English lexicography

Chapter Seven English lexicography–accomplishments, developments and prospects

Major References

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Index of Lexicographers

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Heming Yong is currently professor and president of Guangdong University of Finance, China, with a doctoral degree from Macquarie University and titles of The New Century Extraordinary Talent by China’s Ministry of Education,utstanding Expert for Special Government Allowances by China’s State Council, Honorary Professor from Murdoch University and the International Achievement Alumni Award for Distinguished Service from Macquarie University. He was a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford and the University of Massachusetts and worked as Velux Visiting Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. His areas of study include diachronic lexicography, communicative lexicography and translation studies.

Jing Peng is currently an associate professor of Guangdong University of Finance and Economics, with a master’s degree from Southampton University, UK. Her academic interests cover diachronic lexicography, communicative lexicography and business English studies.