A Brief History from a Frustrated Seeker after Knowledge: or Scientific Lexis in Earlier Monolingual English Dictionaries

Page473-480
AuthorRobin Smith
TitleA Brief History from a Frustrated Seeker after Knowledge: or Scientific Lexis in Earlier Monolingual English Dictionaries
AbstractThe success of scientific lexis in a dictionary is essentially dependent on the competence and extent of knowledge of the compiler and, perhaps obviously, on the recognition and understanding of the context on the part of the reader. In this paper I would like to pay some attention to problems encountered in assessing the results and consequences of earlier lexicographical decisions in the definitions of a selection of scientific/technical terms signalled by the OED as first occurring in a technical sense, or as a new word, in the late seventeenth century or after.
SessionPART 3 - The Dictionary-making Process
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@InProceedings{ELX96_2-011,
author = {Robin Smith},
title = {A Brief History from a Frustrated Seeker after Knowledge: or Scientific Lexis in Earlier Monolingual English Dictionaries},
pages = {473-480},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 7th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1996},
month = {aug},
date = {13-18},
address = {Göteborg, Sweden},
editor = {Martin Gellerstam, Jerker Järborg, Sven-Göran Malmgren, Kerstin Norén, Lena Rogström, Catalina Röjder Papmehl},
publisher = {Novum Grafiska AB},
isbn = {91-87850-14-1},
}
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