Sir Thomas Elyot as Lexicographer

Hardcover | February 28, 2014

byGabriele Stein

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Sir Thomas Elyot's Latin-English dictionary, published in 1538, became the leading work of its kind in England. In this book Gabriele Stein describes this pioneering work, exploring its inner structure and workings, its impact on contemporary scholarship, and its later influence.The author opens with an account of Elyot's life and publications. Sir Thomas Elyot (c. 1490-1546) was a humanist scholar and intellectual ally of Sir Thomas More. He was employed by Thomas Cromwell in diplomatic and official capacities that did more to impoverish than enrich him, and he sought toincrease his income with writing. His treatise on moral philosophy, The Boke named the Governour, was published in 1531 and dedicated to Henry VIII. His popular treatise on medicine, The Castell of Helth, went through seventeen editions.Professor Stein then considers how Elyot set about compiling this great bilingual dictionary. She looks at his guiding principles and organization, and the authors and texts he used as sources. She examines the book's importance for the historical study of English, noting the lexical regionalismsand items of vulgar usage in the Promptorium parvulorum and the dictionaries of Palsgrave and Elyot. She then describes Elyot's linking of lemma and gloss, and use of generic reference points. She explains how Elyot translated, paraphrased and defined the Latin headwords and compares his practicewith his predecessors. Professor Stein ends with a detailed assessment of Elyot's impact on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century dictionaries and his place in Renaissance lexicography. Her exploration of the work of an outstanding sixteenth-century scholar will interest historians of the Englishlanguage, lexicography, and the intellectual climate of Tudor England.

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Sir Thomas Elyot's Latin-English dictionary, published in 1538, became the leading work of its kind in England. In this book Gabriele Stein describes this pioneering work, exploring its inner structure and workings, its impact on contemporary scholarship, and its later influence.The author opens with an account of Elyot's life and publ...

Gabriele Stein was Professor of English Language at the University of Heidelberg until 2006. She was President of the European Association for Lexicography from 1983-1986 and since 1999 has been a member of the Academia Europaea. Her publications include John Palsgrave as Renaissance Linguist (OUP 1997) and, co-authored with Randolph ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:436 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:February 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199683190

ISBN - 13:9780199683192

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Compilation, Word Selection, and Presentation3. Elyot and His Readers4. Early Records of Regional Variation5. Linking Lemma and Gloss6. Authorial Reference Points7. Translating and Explaining Headwords: Elyot's predecessors8. Translating and Explaining Headwords: Elyot's practice9. Elyot's Achievement as a Lexicographer10. Elyot's Dictionary: impact and influenceBibliographyIndex