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A History of Roget's Thesaurus$
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Werner Hüllen

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199254729

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199254729.001.0001

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The Topical Tradition in English Lexicography

(p.277) 7 The Topical Tradition in English Lexicography
A History of Roget's Thesaurus

Werner Hüllen

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a detailed history of the topical tradition in English and Continental lexicography. It includes a conspectus of John Wilkins's ‘Tables’, that is, the semantic part of his universal language scheme which, in fact, is a thesaurus of words ordered according to philosophical later principles. Around 1700, this topical tradition came to a halt, but started anew within a different framework inspired by the innovative spirit of John Locke. Works discussed in this chapter include Parsigraphie by Jean de Maimieux (1797a, h), which is a new version of Wilkins's universal language scheme, and David Booth's abandoned plan of an analytical dictionary (1835).

Keywords:   topical tradition, John Locke, lexicography, Jean de Maimeux, John Wilkins, David Booth

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