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Sir Thomas Elyot as Lexicographer$
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Gabriele Stein

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199683192

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683192.001.0001

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Compilation, Word Selection, and Presentation

Compilation, Word Selection, and Presentation

(p.17) 2 Compilation, Word Selection, and Presentation
Sir Thomas Elyot as Lexicographer

Gabriele Stein

Oxford University Press

The chapter provides an overview of Elyot’s compilation based upon his own comments, and then concentrates on the lexicographical principles that characterize his particular approach. His word selection, his treatment of homographs and their lexicographical arrangement are described. The study of his grammatical framework reveals the use of some terms which, according to the OED, are first found in his dictionary. His descriptive analyses of word-formations are highlighted and a detailed account is given of his sources.

Keywords:   word selection, homographs, lexicographical order, grammatical terms, word-formation, sources

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