Dictionaries in Early Modern Europe: Lexicography and the Making of Heritage

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Cambridge University Press, 27 мар. 2008 г.
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Dictionaries tell stories of many kinds. The history of dictionaries, of how they were produced, published and used, has much to tell us about the language and the culture of the past. This monumental work of scholarship draws on published and archival material to survey a wide range of dictionaries of western European languages (including English, German, Latin and Greek) published between the early-sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries. John Considine establishes a powerful model for the social and intellectual history of lexicography by examining dictionaries both as imaginative texts and as scholarly instruments. He tells the stories of national and individual heritage and identity that were created through the making of dictionaries in the early modern period. Far from dry, factual collections of words, dictionaries are creative works, shaping as well as recording early modern culture and intellectual history.
 

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2 The classical heritage I Philology and lexicography
19
3 The classical heritage II Henri estienne and his world
56
4 Vernacular heritages I Germany and the Netherlands 15001618
101
5 Vernacular heritages II England to circa 1650
156
6 Vernacular heritages III England and Scandinavia circa 16501675
203
7 Postclassical heritages Du cange and his world
250
8 Shared heritages Polyglot and universal dictionaries
288
Conclusion
314
Afterword
321
Bibliography
323
Index
375
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