Shakespeare Studies and Essay on English Dictionaries by Thomas Spencer BaynesShakespeare Studies and Essay on English Dictionaries by Thomas Spencer Baynes

Shakespeare Studies and Essay on English Dictionaries

byThomas Spencer Baynes

Paperback | January 31, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894. Excerpt: ... ENGLISH DICTIONARIES.1 Dr. Johnson's Dictionary was the first attempt at a critical review of the English language, and he is justly considered as the father of English lexicography. The substantial truth of this statement is not affected by the existence in the previous century of such learned works as those of Junius and Skinner. These works are in many respects excellent, showing industry, knowledge, and research, and, considering the state of philology at the time, often surprisingly successful in their main object, that of elucidating the derivation of English words. But they are not, either in form or substance, English dictionaries in the proper meaning of the term. In their general aspect they are rather contributions to European, or at least Teutonic etymology, derived from the special study of one of the Teutonic tongues, and in this respect may be fairly ranked With the works of Wachter, Schilter, and Kilian. The mere fact of their being written in Latin sufficiently illustrates their general position as learned works addressed to scholars at large, rather than designed for national or popular use. They are both, moreover, as their titles indicate, occupied exclusively with etymology, and etymology is only one means of illustrating the signification of words, and that not the most authoritative or direct. They no doubt supplied valuable materials to the English lexicographer; and Johnson turned them to good account, having relied, as he tells-us, mainly on Skinner for his etymologies. But they are not English dictionaries. The other works claiming this title produced during the former half of.the eighteenth century are in reality glossaries of foreign, archaic, and technical terms, or mere vocabularies, lists of words without any definite or de...
Title:Shakespeare Studies and Essay on English DictionariesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:130 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.28 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217790801

ISBN - 13:9780217790802