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The Whole World in a Book: Dictionaries in the Nineteenth Century

Sarah Ogilvie and Gabriella Safran


The nineteenth century saw a new wave of dictionaries, many of which remain household names. Those dictionaries didn’t just store words; they represented imperial ambitions, nationalist passions, religious fervour, and utopian imaginings. The Whole World in a Book explores a period in which globalization, industrialization, and social mobility were changing language in unimaginable ways. Dictionaries in the nineteenth century became more than dictionaries: they were battlefields between prestige languages and lower-status dialects; national icons celebrating the language and literature of the ... More

Keywords: nineteenth century, dictionaries, lexicography, language, standardization, nationalism, imperialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190913199
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190913199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Ogilvie, editor
Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford

Gabriella Safran, editor
Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Eva Chernov Lokey Professor in Jewish Studies, Stanford University

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