Dictionary

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Letter ‘A’ said, “I find it absurd
This illogical insult’s occurred.
I’m more frequently used,
So I’m truly confused:
Why does ‘Z’ always get the last word?” — Jim Pettit

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Introduction1

Dictionary

dictionary : a reference source in print or electronic form containing words usually alphabetically arranged along with information about their forms, pronunciations, functions, etymologies, meanings, and syntactic and idiomatic uses — Webster

Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, OneLook

Thesaurus

Roget’s II (Thesaurus.com), Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords

Encyclopedia

Dictionary is a reference book that lists words in order—usually, for Western languages, alphabetical—and gives their meanings. In addition to its basic function of defining words, a dictionary may provide information about their pronunciation, grammatical forms and functions, etymologies, syntactic peculiarities, variant spellings, and antonyms. A dictionary may also provide quotations illustrating a word’s use, and these may be dated to show the earliest known uses of the word in specified senses. — Encyclopædia Britannica

Lexicography focuses on the design, compilation, use and evaluation of general dictionaries, i.e. dictionaries that provide a description of the language in general use. Such a dictionary is usually called a general dictionary or LGP dictionary (Language for General Purpose). Specialized lexicography focuses on the design, compilation, use and evaluation of specialized dictionaries, i.e. dictionaries that are devoted to a (relatively restricted) set of linguistic and factual elements of one or more specialist subject fields, e.g. legal lexicography. — Wikipedia

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Foundation

Theory

A Word on ‘Descriptive’ and ‘Prescriptive’ Defining : When it comes to words, we’re the descriptive sort (Merriam-Webster)

Generative Lexicon Theory & Computational Lexicon (Pustejovsky & Johnston)

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Innovation

Science

Lexicology and lexicography
Lexicology (Wikipedia)

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Preservation

Dictionary of Old English (University of Toronto)

History

Discover the history and development of dictionaries (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Macmillan Dictionary
Oxford English Dictionary

Empire of words: The reign of the O.E.D. (John Willinsky)
Oxford English Dictionary (Wikipedia)
Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Compact Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
OED Word Stories (OED)

Quotation

Quotations Page

Library

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

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Participation

How do I get a word into the dictionary? (Dictionary.com)
Create Your Own Dictionary (Steve Kaufmann)

Education

Course

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Community

Occupation

Linguistics jobs: Interview with a lexicographer (Jane Solomon, All Things Linguistic)
11 Secrets of Lexicographers (Michele Debczak, Mental Floss)

Organization

Dictionary Society of North America
International Society for Historical Lexicography and Lexicology (ISHLL)

News

International Journal of Lexicography
NPR Archives

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Document

USA.gov

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Expression

Fun

Luciferous Logolepsy
Alpha Dictionary
1811 Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue by Captain Grose (Gutenberg) Francis Grose (Wikipedia)
The Devil’s Dictionary (Official Site) The Devil’s Dictionary (Wikipedia)
Grandiloquent Dictionary (Chris Bird)
Collecting and defining the most rare, obscure, and pretentious words in the English language

Game

Word Games (Ask Oxford)
Fun & Games (Dictionary.com)

Poem

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

Future

returntotop

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Related

Here are links to pages about closely related subjects.

Knowledge Form

Introduction Discipline

Reference Dictionary, Thesaurus, Glossary, Encyclopedia, Outline, Guide

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Notes

1.   The resources on this page are are organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma.