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Networks and Knowledge in Roget's Thesaurus

Werner Hüllen


This book epitomizes the history of Roget's Thesaurus as the merger of a dictionary of synonyms and a topical, i.e. non-alphabetical, dictionary. It has all the linguistic features of a text. Its many editions between 1852 and 2002 are marked by special lexicographical as well as socio-political elements. It has adopted a model function with respect to other languages as, for example, German, French, and Spanish. Its most outstanding feature, the semantic order of its words, is illustrated by a comparison with John Wilkins' ‘Tables’. It can be used as a starting point for an inquiry into the s ... More

Keywords: Roget, Thesaurus, synonymy, onomasiological, lexicography, lexeme, mental representation, semantic analysis, semantic field, semantic frame

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199553235
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Werner Hüllen, author
University of Duisburg-Essen