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Words and Their Meaning

1st Edition

By Howard Jackson


288 pages

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In this book, the development of the English dictionary is examined, along with the kinds of dictionary available, the range of information they contain, factors affecting their usage, and public attitudes towards them. As well as an descriptive analysis of word meaning, the author considers whether a thematic, thesaurus-like presentation might be more suited than the traditional alphabetical format to the description of words and their meaning.

Table of Contents

1. What is a word?

2. Where did English words come from?

3. Dictionaries: the repositories of words

4. Words and the world

5. Words and words

6. Analysing word meanings

7. Meaning from combinations

8. Why dictionaries?

9. How to define a word

10. More than meaning

11. Different dictionaries

12. Especially for the learner

13. Who uses a dictionary for what?

14. Not alphabetical

15. The craft of lexicography

16. Lexicology, lexicography and semantics

About the Series

Learning about Language

Learning about Language is an exciting and ambitious series of introductions to fundamental topics in language, linguistics and related areas. The books are designed for students of linguistics and those who are studying language as part of a wider course.

This series was co-founded by Mick Short and Geoffrey Leech.  It is now edited by Brian Walker and Willem Hollmann who continue to consult with Mick Short.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
MATHEMATICS / Discrete Mathematics