the craft of lexicography -- sense distinctions

Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Mon Apr 17 19:39:35 UTC 2000

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 Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2000 06:36:37 -0400 (EDT)
 From: creider <creider at>

I would be grateful for references to any discussion of the art of
making sense distinctions in the writing of dictionaries.  I believe
that James Murray, the 19th century editor of the OED, wrote that this
was one of the most time-consuming and difficult parts of the process
of creating an entry for a word.  There is some discussion of the topic
in John Chadwick's _Lexicographica Graeca_, but, surprisingly, none
in Sidney Landau's _Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography_.

Many thanks,

Chet Creider
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