lexicography, the applied study of the meaning, evolution, and function of the vocabulary units of a language for the purpose of compilation in book form—in short, the process of dictionary making. Early lexicography, practiced from the 7th cent. BC in Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, was reserved for abstruse words of specific disciplines. General lexicography originated in the 16th cent., and aspects of the modern dictionary, such as etymology, developed during the 17th and 18th cent.

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Lexicography: Selected full-text books and articles

Lexicography: An Introduction By Howard Jackson Routledge, 2002
Modern Lexicography: An Introduction By Henri Béjoint Oxford University Press, 2000
English Dictionaries for Foreign Learners: A History By A. P. Cowie Clarendon Press, 1999
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "The Role of the Computer in Learner Lexicography"
Automating the Lexicon: Research and Practice in a Multilingual Environment By Donald E. Walker; Antonio Zampolli; Nicoletta Calzolari Oxford University Press, 1995
Lexicography and Physicke: The Record of Sixteenth-Century English Medical Terminology By R. W. McConchie Clarendon Press, 1997
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "Early Lexicographers: Elyot to Bullokar"
Standard English: The Widening Debate By Tony Bex; Richard J. Watts Routledge, 1999
Librarian's tip: Chap. 3 "Typography, Lexicography, and the Development of the Idea of 'Standard English'"
Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning By Michael Byram Routledge, 2000
Librarian's tip: "Lexicography" begins on p. 354
Language Exploration and Awareness: A Resource Book for Teachers By Larry Andrews Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998 (2nd edition)
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "Words and Lexicography"
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