The Unmasking of English Dictionaries

Dixon, R.M.W. (2018) The Unmasking of English Dictionaries. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

When we look up a word in a dictionary, we want to know not just its meaning but also its function and the circumstances under which it should be used in preference to words of similar meaning. Standard dictionaries do not address such matters, treating each word in isolation. R.M.W. Dixon puts forward a new approach to lexicography that involves grouping words into 'semantic sets', to describe what can and cannot be said and providing explanations for this.

Item ID: 52294
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 978-1-108-43334-1
Keywords: English dictionaries; lexicography; semantic sets;
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 01:06
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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