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Samuel Johnson & the journey into words / Lynda Mugglestone.

Author/Creator:
Mugglestone, Lynda, author.
Publication:
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (303 p.)
Edition:
First edition.
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Other Title:
Samuel Johnson and the journey into words
Subjects:
Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Language and languages in literature.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Popular readings of Johnson as a dictionary-maker often depict him as a writer who both laments - and attempts to control - the state of the language. This book looks at the range of Johnson's writings on, and the complexity of his thinking about, language and lexicography, not least with reference to the difficulties of power when exerted over the 'sea of words'. Paying close attention to Johnson's attitudes to language change, loanwords, usage, spelling, history, and authority, this volume engages with the evolution of his ideas about the nature, purpose, and methods of lexicography.
Contents:
""Cover""; ""Samuel Johnson and the Journey into Words""; ""Copyright""; ""Contents""; ""Preface""; ""List of figures""; ""1: Journeys into words""; ""Writing the world of words""; ""The journey as device""; ""2: Writing the Dictionary: Departures and destinations""; ""Planning the course""; ""Redirection: Writing the Plan of a Dictionary""; ""Departure and destinations: from Plan to 'Preface'""; ""3: 'Excursions into books': Documenting the new world of words""; ""The dictionary as collection""; ""Acts of reading""; ""Collections and canonicity""
""4: The ordered state: Power, authority, and the written word""""Order and the making of the Dictionary""; ""Order, power, and the problems of prescription""; ""Models of authority: Johnson, spelling, and the Dictionary""; ""5: Meaning, governance, andthe 'colours of words'""; ""Criticism and correctness: The dictionary-maker as judge""; ""Johnson's critical practice""; ""Doubt and the art of definition""; ""Reason and the 'colours of words'""; ""6: Defending the citadel, patrolling the borders""; ""Defending the citadel of words""; ""Writing French resistance""
""Naturalization and the use of words""""Border crossings""; ""The end of toleration?""; ""7: History and the flux of time""; ""Writing the past""; ""Usage on the margins: Obsolescence""; ""Writing the present""; ""The lessons of history""; ""8: The praise of perfection""; ""The critics on the shore""; ""Appendix: 1755-73""; ""Notes""; ""Preface""; ""Chapter 1""; ""Chapter 2""; ""Chapter 3""; ""Chapter 4""; ""Chapter 5""; ""Chapter 6""; ""Chapter 7""; ""Chapter 8""; ""Appendix""; ""References""; ""Primary sources""; ""Secondary sources""; ""Electronic resources""; ""Index""
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
0-19-176009-9
0-19-166950-4