In this book, the development of the English dictionary is examined, along with the kinds of dictionary available, the range of information they contain, factors affecting their usage, and public attitudes towards them. As well as an descriptive analysis of word meaning, the author considers whether a thematic, thesaurus-like presentation might be more suited than the traditional alphabetical format to the description of words and their meaning.

chapter 1|18 pages

What is a Word?

chapter 2|16 pages

Where Did English Words Come From?

chapter 3|14 pages

Dictionaries: the Repositories of Words

chapter 4|15 pages

Words and the World

chapter 5|15 pages

Words and Words

chapter 6|17 pages

Analysing Word Meanings

chapter 7|15 pages

Meaning from Combinations

chapter 8|15 pages

Why Dictionaries?

chapter 9|16 pages

How to Define a Word

chapter 10|15 pages

More than Meaning

chapter 11|17 pages

Different Dictionaries

chapter 12|18 pages

Especially for the Learner

chapter 13|16 pages

Who Uses a Dictionary for What?

chapter 14|16 pages

Not Alphabetical

chapter 15|15 pages

The Craft of Lexicography

chapter 16|13 pages

Lexicology, Lexicography and Semantics