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Old wisdom : the highly relevant lexicographical knowledge obtained from a specialized dictionary from 1774

dc.contributor.authorTarp, Svenen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-07T12:02:21Z
dc.date.available2015-10-07T12:02:21Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationTarp, S. 2013. Old wisdom: the highly relevant lexicographical knowledge obtained from a specialized dictionary from 1774. Lexikos, 23:394-413, doi:10.5788/23-1-1221.
dc.identifier.issn2224-0039 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1684-4904 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.5788/23-1-1221
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97555
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://lexikos.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1221
dc.description.abstractThere is little doubt that lexicography has experienced important progress during the years, especially when one compare the lexicographical works from the various centuries. However, history should not be viewed as an ever-growing progress but as a process with its ups and downs. In this respect, some old lexicographical works, especially from the Age of Enlightenment, are in some aspects extremely advanced even compared with present-day dictionaries. Malachy Postlethwayt's Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce from 1774 is one such example. The article provides a general presentation of this rare and interesting dictionary which was published in various editions in the 18th century. The presentation includes a detailed description of the objective, functions, structure, and content of this impressive work. The article then focuses on its cognitive and operative functions, and the way they are integrated into one and the same reference work. Upon this basis, the article shows how modern lexicography can use past experiences in order to meet the real and practical needs of present-day users.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://lexikos.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1221
dc.format.extent20 pages
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherBureau of the WAT
dc.subjectLexicographyen_ZA
dc.subjectLexicography -- Historyen_ZA
dc.titleOld wisdom : the highly relevant lexicographical knowledge obtained from a specialized dictionary from 1774en_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublishers' version
dc.rights.holderBureau of the WAT


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