What Can We Expect from a New Dictionary of English Etymology?

Page459-465
AuthorAnatoly Liberman
TitleWhat Can We Expect from a New Dictionary of English Etymology?
AbstractThe field work for a new dictionary of English etymology is drawing to an end. In the course of this work, the format of the dictionary has been clarified and a vast bibliography collected. The prospective dictionary will have the following distinctive features. 1. It will offer a critical survey of scholarship on every word included. 2. It will appear in an unusual order: a. Words without established cognates outside English; b. Words presumably Germanic but without established cognates elsewhere; c. Words with broad connections in Indo-European; d. borrowings from the non-Germanic languages. 3. Detailed discussion of isolated words (group a) will reveal the processes of language creativity that have remained stable from the most ancient times.
SessionPART 6 - Lexicographical and Lexicological Projects
KeywordsEnglish, dictionary, etymology
BibTex
@InProceedings{ELX98_2-020,
author = {Anatoly Liberman},
title = {What Can We Expect from a New Dictionary of English Etymology?},
pages = {459-465},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 8th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1998},
month = {aug},
date = {4-8},
address = {Liège, Belgium},
editor = {Thierry Fontenelle, Philippe Hiligsmann, Archibald Michiels, André Moulin, Siegfried Theissen},
publisher = {Euralex},
isbn = {2-87233-091-7},
}
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