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Description - Dictionaries in Early Modern Europe by Professor John Considine

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521886741
ISBN-10: 0521886740
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Pages: 408
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Professor John Considine

John Considine is Associate Professor of English at the University of Alberta.

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