ERIC Number: ED032310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
The Development of American Lexicography, 1798-1864. Janua Linguarum, Series Practica 37.
Friend, Joseph H.
This study is a critical, analytic, and historical survey of the development of the American English dictionary from its beginning in 1798 until the publication of the Webster-Mahn dictionary in 1864. The survey is divided historically into three sections: (1) the British influence upon early American dictionaries, pre-Websterian American dictionaries, and Webster's first dictionary in 1806, (2) Webster's 1828 "American Dictionary of the English Language"--its reception and critical evaluation; its treatment of vocabulary additions, spelling, pronunciation, and etymology; its linguistic patriotism; its similarities to Johnson's dictionary; and its chart of Webster's segmental phonemes, and (3) Worcester's dictionaries and the revisions in Webster's dictionary (1827-64). A selected bibliography and indexes of words and authors discussed in the volume are included. (JM)
Descriptors: Dictionaries, Etymology, Language, Language Research, Lexicography, Lexicology, Linguistics, North American English, Orthographic Symbols, Phonemes, Pronunciation, Semantics, Spelling, Vocabulary
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