978-0-8050-3466-0 / 9780805034660

Chasing the Sun: Dictionary-Makers and the Dictionaries They Made


Publisher:Henry Holt & Co



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Word-collecting is an ancient practice that began nearly 4,500 years ago in pre-Babylonian Sumer. In Chasing the Sun, prominent British lexicographer Jonathon Green gives an account of his kind, tracing the history of dictionary making from the clay tablet to the CD-ROM. Green also examines--and debunks--the so-called impartiality of lexicographers. No matter how zealously they may protest, dictionary makers are never the passive recipients of linguistic law. They do have an agenda. As Green puts it, they are always "playing God. Or if not God, then at least Moses, descending from Sinai with the tablets of the law."

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