the craft of lexicography -- sense distinctions

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Apr 17 20:39:58 UTC 2000

It is a very large part of Ladislaw Zgusta's Manual of Lexicography,
Mouton, 196?.


>>>From LINGUIST List #11-885
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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
><creider at>

Dennis R. Preston
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