n Lexikos - Historische Lexikographie. Ideen, Verwirklichungen, Reflexionen an Beispielen des Deutschen, Niederländischen und Englischen : resensie

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-4904
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0039
  • Author Oskar Reichmann1
  • Affiliations : 1 Boston
  • Source : Lexikos, Volume 26, Issue 1, Jan 2016, p. 446 - 455
  • Accreditation : Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science (WoS) Core Collection)
    Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
    Social Sciences Citation Index(Web of Science (WoS) Core Collection)



In the introduction to this substantial work, Oskar Reichmann states his three objectives with the publication. Firstly, he wished to describe the scientific (especially linguistic and philological) and cultural-pedagogic activity called "historical lexicography" within its social context. As a result, he wanted to expose the ideas and interests behind dictionary writing that inspired lexicog-raphers to compile dictionaries in their own languages about historical eras, works of authors, linguistic variation, etc. since the early modern period in German, Dutch and English societies which consequently made historical lexi-cography possible. Secondly, he wished to disclose the presuppositions in both the theory of language and the theory of history through which historical lexi-cography became a reality. His third objective was to identify the entire spe-cialised apparatus comprising the methods used in lexicography. According to Reichmann, one can describe these three objectives as "ideological", "linguistic-theoretical" and "methodical". The reason for involving the lexicographical works of three languages is to highlight correlations and differences within a certain part of Europe, which can serve as a norm in the cultural sciences and declare such correlations as being normal.

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