n Lexikos - The Oxford History of English Lexicography. Volume I: General-purpose Dictionaries. Volume II: Specialized Dictionaries, A.P. Cowie (Ed.) : book review

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-4904
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0039



According to the blurb, (volumes I-II) presents 'the fullest account yet published of the lexicography of English from its origins in medieval glosses, through its rapid development in the eighteenth century, to a fully-established high-tech industry that is as reliant as ever on learning and scholarship'. The term 'English lexicography' is interpreted broadly to embrace dictionaries not only of British English but also its national varieties such as Scots, American English, the varieties of English spoken in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the English-based Creoles of the Caribbean (cf. vol. I, p. 1). In addition, throughout the topical presentation numerous references are made to developments in Europe and elsewhere which have influenced the course of English lexicography.

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