By Werner Hüllen

ISBN-10: 0199254729

ISBN-13: 9780199254729

ISBN-10: 1423788761

ISBN-13: 9781423788768

Roget's glossary used to be first released in 1852 and has emerge as essentially the most well-known and widely-used reference works on this planet. this is often the 1st account of its genesis. Werner Hüllen contends that synonymy (words with related meanings) is a function of language with out which lets now not speak. He describes the advance within the idea and perform of synonymy from Plato to the 17th century, whilst the 1st English synonym dictionaries began appearing. Roget's word list, the 1st synonym dictionary prepared in topical order, represents an drastically major height during this improvement. This e-book exposes the conceptual framework at the back of the glossary and indicates the way it might be interpreted as a predecessor of linguistic semantics.

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An interesting attempt has been made at sketching an outline of Roget’s intellectual personality with the help of the books in his library according to the Sotheby catalogue for the auction after his death (Emblem 1967). The result of this attempt is rather disappointing insofar as it does not add any new insights into the mind of its owner. 8 As is to be expected, there were a number of books devoted to languages on this list, among them dictionaries in English, power, I have, throughout this Treatise, followed the common usage of employing the term Nature as a synonym, expressive of the same power, but veiling from our feeble sight the too dazzling splendour of its glory’ (Roget 1834: 29).

He had faithful followers, like Susanne Öhmann (1951). The wave of success which Leo Weisgerber was able to instigate, mainly after World War II (1950, 1950–1), carried Trier’s concept along with it. A close reading of some of his successors and critics shows, however, that many of the rigorous statements in the initial theory have become looser, so much so that it is sometimes difficult to find the old idea in the more recent garb (Herbermann 1995). First, there is the ubiquity and purity of the original idea.

Of postSaussurean, semantics. For a present-day reading of Roget’s Thesaurus it even seems indispensable to do so. Therefore, we will first elaborate in a pre-theoretical way on the status of words in any natural language as a system of signs. This is to show, as it were, the grassroots of linguistic theorizing. Then, we will discuss three recent theories of lexical meaning. For the reader, this discussion will amount to a short and very selective history of semantics in the twentieth century, which, however, is strictly geared to explaining the ideational background of Roget’s Thesaurus.

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