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Author Mugglestone, Lynda, author.

Title Samuel Johnson & the journey into words / Lynda Mugglestone.

Publication Info. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  828.6 J637Dmu 2015    ---  Available
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Edition First edition.
Description xi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-279) and index.
Summary "Popular readings of Johnson as a dictionary-maker often see him as a writer who both laments and attempts to control the state of the language. Lynda Mugglestone looks at the range of Johnson's writings on, and the complexity of his thinking about, language and lexicography. She shows how these reveal him probing problems not just of meaning and use but what he considered the related issues of control, obedience, and justice, as well as the difficulties of power when exerted over the 'sea of words'. She examines his attitudes to language change, loan words, spelling, history, and authority, describing, too, the evolution of his ideas about the nature, purpose, and methods of lexicography, and shows how these reflect his own and others' thinking about politics, culture, and society. The book offers a careful reassessment of Johnson's prescriptive practice, examining in detail his commitment to evidence, and the uses to which this might be put."--Dust cover flap.
Contents 1. Journeys into words -- 2. Writing the Dictionary: departures and destinations -- 3.`Excursions into books': documenting the new world of words -- 4. The ordered state: power, authority, and the written word -- 5. Meaning, governance, and the `colours of words' -- 6. Defending the citadel, patrolling the borders -- 7. History and the flux of time -- 8. The praise of perfection.
Subject Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784 -- Literary style.
Language and languages in literature.
Lexicographers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784. (OCoLC)fst00029184
Language and languages in literature. (OCoLC)fst00992277
Lexicographers. (OCoLC)fst00997019
Style, Literary. (OCoLC)fst01136323
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Added Title Samuel Johnson and the journey into words
ISBN 9780199679904 (hbk.)
0199679908 (hbk.)

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