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By Werner Hüllen

ISBN-10: 0199254729

ISBN-13: 9780199254729

Roget's glossary used to be first released in 1852 and has become the most recognized and widely-used reference works on the planet. this can be the 1st account of its genesis. Werner Hüllen contends that synonymy (words with related meanings) is a function of language with out which shall we now not converse. He describes the improvement within the concept and perform of synonymy from Plato to the 17th century, while the 1st English synonym dictionaries began appearing. Roget's glossary, the 1st synonym dictionary prepared in topical order, represents an greatly major height during this improvement. This publication exposes the conceptual framework in the back of the glossary and indicates the way it may be interpreted as a predecessor of linguistic semantics.

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19 and a third ‘revised and enlarged with a list of foreign words by Rev. B. Sears’ in 1854 (Boston: Gould and Lincoln). This was the one which had aroused Roget’s anger. The remark on the title page is repeated in 1855, with, however, the addition: ‘New American, from the 3rd stereotyped London edition, with additions and improvements’, also by Rev. B. Sears. Further editions follow in 1856, 1858, 1859, 1860, 1863, 1864, 1867, 1870, and 1872. Beginning in 1860, the Boston firm and the New York firm Sheldon, Lampert, and Blakeman were joint publishers.

There is no word in a language which exists in total isolation. As the explanation of words by words is a conditio sine qua non for human communication, and this condition can only be met because of the semantic affinity of words, this affinity itself is a conditio sine qua non of a functioning language. A word in total isolation would be non-explainable and, thus, communicatively speaking, empty. 13 It is the project of contemporary cognitive semantics, however, to find this out. See, for example, Aitchison (1987).

Finally, we shall discuss the central concept of twentieth-century semantics, the Saussurean notion of ‘value’. 2 According to the OED, the first use of semasiology is to be found in a translation of Martineau 3 from 1877, the first use of semantic(s) in a text from 1895 by M. Bloomfield. See Ch. 7. ’, he replied ‘Words, words, words’ (II. ii. 192–3). This famous answer is usually explained as pointing to a linguistic style, like that of the courtier Polonius, where the choiceness of vocabulary hides the paucity of the message.

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