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
Howard Jackson.
Routledge, 2002
Modern Lexicography: An Introduction
Henri Béjoint.
Oxford University Press, 2000
Lexicography and the OED: Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest
Lynda Mugglestone.
Oxford University Press, 2000
Loanwords in Scots: Some Reflections from Lexicography
Robinson, Christine.
Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature, Vol. 21, January 1, 2013
The Role of Variation in Lexicography
Lucas, Ceil.
Sign Language Studies, Vol. 3, No. 3, Spring 2003
Vocabulary: Applied Linguistic Perspectives
Ronald Carter.
Routledge, 1998 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Lexis and Lexicography"
English Dictionaries for Foreign Learners: A History
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
Donald E. Walker; Antonio Zampolli; Nicoletta Calzolari.
Oxford University Press, 1995
Lexical Acquisition: Exploiting On-Line Resources to Build a Lexicon
Uri Zernik.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1991
Lexicography and Physicke: The Record of Sixteenth-Century English Medical Terminology
R. W. McConchie.
Clarendon Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Early Lexicographers: Elyot to Bullokar"
Standard English: The Widening Debate
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
Michael Byram.
Routledge, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Lexicography" begins on p. 354
Language Exploration and Awareness: A Resource Book for Teachers
Larry Andrews.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Words and Lexicography"
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