This book is an accessible introduction to lexicography – the study of dictionaries.
We rely on dictionaries to provide us with definitions of words, and to tell us how to spell them. They are used at home and at school, cited in law courts, sermons and parliament, and referred to by crossword addicts and scrabble players alike. But why are dictionaries structured as they are? What types of dictionary exist, and what purposes do they serve? Who uses a dictionary, and for what? Lexicography: An Introduction
provides a detailed overview of the history, types and content of these essential reference works. Howard Jackson analyses a wide range of dictionaries, from those for native speakers to thematic dictionaries and learners’ dictionaries, including those on CD-ROM, to reveal the ways in which dictionaries fulfil their dual function of describing the vocabulary of English and providing a useful and accessible reference resource.
Beginning with an introduction to the terms used in lexicology to describe words and vocabulary, and offering summaries and suggestions for further reading, Lexicography: An Introduction is concise and student-friendly. It is ideal for anyone with an interest in the development and use of dictionaries.
Howard Jackson is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Central England. His publications include Grammar and Vocabulary (Routledge, 2002), Words and their Meaning (Longman, 1988), and Words, Meaning and Vocabulary (Cassell, 2000).