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Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography

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This second edition of Sidney I. Landau's landmark work offers a comprehensive and completely up-to-date description of how dictionaries are researched and written, with particular attention to the ways in which computer technology has changed modern lexicography. Landau has an insider's practical knowledge of making dictionaries and every feature of the dictionary is exam ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published October 8th 2004 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1984)
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Mark L.
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Sidney Landau, lexicographer, naturally has a firm handle on one of my favorite near-inspired dictums, “Usage determines meaning.”

Landau devotes some space in his book Dictionaries to covering the history of English usage disputes. In the 18th century, grammar “errors” provoked moral outrage and an explosion of books offering corrections! I found this little anecdote about Goold Brown, author of The Grammar of English Grammars (!, 1851), quite amusing:

Brown cites innumerable examples of actual “
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A textbook, but well written for anyone with a serious interest in dictionary creation.
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A well written book strictly for those who are interested in the field of lexicography or for university students. A little repetitive at times but quite qood.
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