ERIC Number: ED032311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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The Role of the Dictionary. The Bobbs-Merrill Series in Composition and Rhetoric.
Gove, Philip B., Ed.
This collection of articles commenting on "Webster's Third New International Dictionary" (1961) is concerned with the problems, theory, and practice of lexicography. The following specific topics are covered: the function of the dictionary, repetition in dictionary definitions, the new dictionary's reflection of current language usage, its place in defining "correct" American English, the attitudes of the English teacher toward language usage, the effect of dictionaries on the evolution of English, the scholarly contribution of this dictionary to knowledge of the English language, and the antagonism aroused by the new dictionary. Authors are Philip B. Gove, A. Mervin Tyson, Arthur W. Dixon, Francis Christensen, Robert A. Hall, Jr., James J. Lynch, Albert H. Marckwardt, Bergen Evans, and Karl W. Dykema. The two appendix articles by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and John Allen Reed are reprints of early newspaper reviews of "The Random House Dictionary of the English Language," published in 1966. Each article in the volume is followed by suggestions for discussion and writing. (JM)
Descriptors: Dictionaries, English, English Instruction, Language, Language Research, Language Usage, Lexicography, Lexicology, North American English, Speech Communication, Standard Spoken Usage, Teacher Attitudes
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Identifiers: Random House Dictionary of the English Language; Websters Third New International Dictionary