A History of Roget's Thesaurus
Origins, Development, and Design
By (author) Werner Hullen
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History of Roget's Thesaurus by Werner Hullen
Book DescriptionIn 1852 Peter Mark Roget eclipsed a rich tradition of topically based dictionaries with the publication of his Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas. Based on intuition as much as on specific linguistic principles, Roget's book has been a bestseller ever since and is one of the most widely-used reference works ever published. In this book Werner Hullen gives the first history of its genesis and publication, and investigates the principles of its structural design. The author opens with an account of Roget's life and his background in natural science. He then charts the parallel histories of dictionaries of synonyms and concepts within the general context of lexicography. Synonymy, he argues, is a necessary feature of languages without which communication would be impossible. He traces its theory and practice from Plato to the emergence of French and English synonym dictionaries in the seventeenth century. Roget's was the first such book to be arranged by topic and the first to encompass the semantic network of the entire language. The author examines the manner and method of its compilation, the practical outcomes of the traditions on which it was based, and the ways in which the Thesaurus reflects and reveals Roget's beliefs and background. A History of Roget's Thesaurus will interest students and scholars of linguistics, semantics, and lexicography, as well as anyone wishing to know more about a great literary achievement and an astonishing publishing phenomenon.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199254729
(242mm x 162mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Networks and Knowledge in 'Roget's Thesaurus', Hardback (January 2009)
In this book Werner Hullen discusses the influence of Roget's Thesaurus abroad (Germany and the Romance countries) and examines how the Thesaurus prepared the way for the more recent idea of network semantics. He concludes by considering the role of synonymy in language from a perspective of cognitive linguistics.
English Dictionaries, 800-1700, Paperback (February 2006)
Presents an account of the tradition in English lexicography. This book makes an important contribution to the history of the English lexicon and English semantics, and to the study of English lexicography. It also reveals about the history of English ideas. It considers treatises for the learning of foreign languages, and didactic dialogues.
History of Roget's Thesaurus, Paperback (February 2005)» View all books by Werner Hullen
Roget's "Thesaurus" was first published in 1852. This is an account of its genesis. It examines the method of its compilation, the outcomes of the traditions on which it was based, and the ways in which the "Thesaurus" reflects Roget's beliefs and background. It useful to students and scholars of linguistics, semantics, and lexicography.
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Author Biography - Werner Hullen
Werner Hullen is Professor Emeritus of English Linguistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He has published widely on the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language. His most recent interest is the history of linguistics, particularly lexicography. On the occasion of his sixtieth birthday, Professor Hullen was awarded a two-volume Festschrift, Perspectives on Language in Performance, edited by Wolfgang Lorscher and Rainer Schulze, (Tubingen 1987). On the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday, the members of the Oxford based Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas, whose president he was between 1992 and 2002, honoured him with a reprint of Collected Papers on the History of Linguistic Ideas, edited by Michael M. Isermann (Munster 2002).
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