Living Words: Language, Lexicography, and the Knowledge Revolution

Living Words: Language, Lexicography, and the Knowledge Revolution

Living Words: Language, Lexicography, and the Knowledge Revolution

Living Words: Language, Lexicography, and the Knowledge Revolution

Synopsis


In this unique and entertaining collection of articles, a noted scholar and compiler of key works of reference reflects on the nature of language, the art of lexicography and the breath-taking developments in communication, the media and information technology in the late twentieth century.



This book ranges widely over three main linked subjects: Language at large and in particular English, the most widely used language in the history of the world, The art and study of dictionaries and reference science, embracing all past, present and potential reference materials-from the OED to the Yellow Pages and The processes through which communication, information and knowledge have evolved-from cave art to the personal computer.




Excerpt

In spite of our different backgrounds, Tom McArthur and I share many interests, and in the last fifteen years, since his return to the United Kingdom from Canada, have collaborated on a number of projects at Exeter, such as the annual InterLex Course and the M.A. Programme in Lexicography, the first of its kind in Britain.

Tom is an international authority on the English language, how it has developed, how it is studied and how it has been transmitted around the world. I am pleased that he has offered us this part of his oeuvre for publication. the mixture of personal and scholarly details in these pages is eminently readable, and the emphasis on interdisciplinary links—from linguistics to language to communication studies, and from lexicography to reference science—is commendable and exciting.

This book will initiate a new phase in the development of the series and, as we are both about to celebrate our sixtieth birthdays, I trust that there are many more successful joint ventures ahead!

Reinhard Hartmann, Exeter, April 1998

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