Research idea - dictionaries

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 1 13:45:30 UTC 2012

Arnold Zwicky wrote/requoted: <<<Do you know of any good critical studies
of dictionaries? Dictionaries as prescribing/ascribing vs. describing?>>>
WB: Understandably vague. Somewhere I have stuff on the Webster's Third
controversy, when descriptivism hit a brick wall in 1961. So much for the
Grande Vulgarisation of linguistic science. (Wikipedia s.v. Webster's
Dictionary looks like a good survey.)

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