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Networks and Knowledge in Roget's Thesaurus$
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Werner Hüllen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553235.001.0001

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A Roadmap to Roget's Thesaurus

A Roadmap to Roget's Thesaurus

(p.1) 1 A Roadmap to Roget's Thesaurus
Networks and Knowledge in Roget's Thesaurus

Werner Hüllen

Oxford University Press

The following statements are prerequisite for the ensuing discussions: Synonyms are words with partially overlapping meanings. They can be used either in their identical or in their differing parts. They have been collected for centuries with pertinence to both these properties. So have topical dictionaries, which collect words with a semantic affinity. Roget merged the two types of books. Like texts, his thesaurus has a semantic macrostructure, a syntactic microstructure, and pragmatic structures which oscillate between the two. Rather modern concepts like fields or frames, but also prototypes, are prefigured here.

Keywords:   Roget, Thesaurus, topical dictionaries, lexical semantics, semantic field, semantic frame, language teaching, synonym

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