This book is an accessible introduction to lexicography – the study of dictionaries.
Dictionaries are used at home and at school, cited in law courts, sermons and parliament, and referred to by crossword addicts and Scrabble players alike. Lexicography provides a detailed overview of the history, types and content of these essential references. Howard Jackson analyzes a wide range of dictionaries, from those for native speakers to thematic dictionaries and 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 highly student-friendly. It is ideal for anyone with an interest in the development and use of dictionaries.

chapter |9 pages


chapter |11 pages

Facts about words

chapter |10 pages

The dictionary

chapter |16 pages

The beginnings

chapter |14 pages

The New English Dictionary

chapter |13 pages

Up to the present

chapter |12 pages

Users and uses

chapter |15 pages

Meaning in dictionaries

chapter |16 pages

Beyond definition

chapter |12 pages


chapter |16 pages

Dictionaries for learners

chapter |16 pages

Abandoning the alphabet

chapter |12 pages

Compiling dictionaries

chapter |11 pages

Criticising dictionaries