A miniscule question: orthography and authority in dictionaries

Page459-464
AuthorJohn Ayto
TitleA miniscule question: orthography and authority in dictionaries
AbstractDictionaries are quick to record neologisms and changes in the meaning of established words. But when a change emerges in the spelling of a word, the tendency is for dictionaries to ignore it. Semantic change and lexical innovation are recognized as integral parts of the evolution of language. But orthography is a far more static element of language, with the weight of several hundred years of written and printed tradition behind it. Any departure from convention can be stigmatized as illiterate, legitimizing its exclusion from dictionaries. The paper discusses the issues raised by this.
SessionPART 5 - The Dictionary-Making Process
Keywordsspelling, authority in dictionaries, written language, language change
BibTex
@InProceedings{ELX92_2-020,
author = {John Ayto},
title = {A miniscule question: orthography and authority in dictionaries},
pages = {459-464},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 5th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1992},
month = {aug},
date = {4-9},
address = {Tampere, Finland},
editor = {Hannu Tommola & Krista Varantola,Tarja Salmi-Tolonen & Jurgen Schopp},
publisher = {Tampereen YIiopisto},
isbn = {951-44-3111-1},
}
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