Dictionaries in Early Modern Europe: Lexicography and the Making of Heritage by John ConsidineDictionaries in Early Modern Europe: Lexicography and the Making of Heritage by John Considine

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

byJohn Considine

Paperback | March 3, 2011

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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.
Title:Dictionaries in Early Modern Europe: Lexicography and the Making of HeritageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:March 3, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521178452

ISBN - 13:9780521178457

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The classical heritage I: philology and lexicography; 3. The classical heritage II: Henri Estienne and his world; 4. Vernacular heritages I: Germany and the Netherlands 1500-1618; 5. Vernacular heritages II: England to circa 1650; 6. Vernacular heritages III: England and Scandinavia, circa 1650-1675; 7. Postclassical heritages: du Cange and his world; 8. Shared heritages: polyglot and universal dictionaries; Conclusion; Bibliography.

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"This prodigiously learned work is not only an important account of lexicography before the age of the academies but also a fascinating description of the whole scholarly world of 16th- and 17th-century Europe...Essential."
-J. T. Lynch, Rutgers, Choice