1965 LexicographicEtymology

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Subject Headings: Etymology, Lexicography.

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A COMPARISON OF SUCCESSIVE DICTIONARIES, ranging from Robert Cawdrey's Table Alphabetical of I 604 through the later works of Bullokar, Cockeram, Phillips, and others, right down to the present and far more complex projects such as the NID 3, reveals that much lexicographic practice has developed in spurts, purely by accident or, often, by virtue of commercial competition. However, in no major area of lexicography has practice lagged further behind theory than in that of etymology.

This article deals with five major flaws in the etymological practice of modern dictionaries:

... The first flaw, then, is the failure of lexicographers to bring the etymology consistently back to the form which actually underlies the word rather than to some canonical reference form, such as the infinitive of verbs or the nominative and genitive singular of nouns or adjectives.,


 AuthorvolumeDate ValuetitletypejournaltitleUrldoinoteyear
1965 LexicographicEtymologyLouis G. HellerLexicographic Etymology: Practice versus TheoryAmerican Speechhttp://www.jstor.org/pss/4537171965