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A History of Roget's Thesaurus: Origins, Development, and Design

Werner Hüllen


In 1852, Peter Mark Roget eclipsed a rich tradition of topically based dictionaries with the publication of his Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas. Based on intuition as much as on specific linguistic principles, Roget's book has been a bestseller ever since and is one of the most widely used reference works ever published. This book gives the first history of its genesis and publication, and investigates the principles of its structural design. It opens with an account of Roget's life and his background in natural scienc ... More

Keywords: Peter Mark Roget, dictionaries, natural science, synonymy, lexicography, Plato, semantics, Roget's Thesaurus, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199254729
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199254729.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Werner Hüllen, author
Professor Emeritus at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany