the craft of lexicography -- sense distinctions

Victoria Neufeldt vneufeldt at M-W.COM
Mon Apr 17 20:27:12 UTC 2000

Whoa (pronounced without the 'h')!  BIG question.  The heart of our craft.
I suspect there isn't very much published on this, but will see what I can
find sometime within the next week.  Kinda busy right now, making sense


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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>

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