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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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Three Words from the Thesaurus: Negro, Sex, and Tolerance

Three Words from the Thesaurus: Negro, Sex, and Tolerance

(p.37) 4 Three Words from the Thesaurus: Negro, Sex, and Tolerance
Networks and Knowledge in Roget's Thesaurus

Werner Hüllen

Oxford University Press

Obviously, any collection of words meant for general use mirrors the world at the time when the words were culled. Using the lexemes ‘Negro’, ‘sex’, and ‘tolerance’ and related items, concrete illustration is given as to what these mean. With ‘Negro’ it is political correctness, with ‘sex’ it is common decency, and with ‘tolerance’ it is the emotional value of an abstract term which are shown to be influential.

Keywords:   macrostructure, microstructure, entry article, semantic field, roget, Thesaurus, OED, COBUILD, case study

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