Bringing together fifteen articles by scholars in Europe and North America, this collection aims to represent and advance studies in historical lexis. It highlights the significance of the understanding of dictionary-making and language-making as important socio-cultural phenomena. With its general focus on England and English, the book investigates the reception and development of historical and modern English vocabulary and culture in different periods, social and professional strata, geographical varieties of English, and other national cultures. The volume is based on individual (meta)lexicographical, etymological, lexicosemantic and corpus studies, representing two large areas of research: the first part focuses on the history of dictionaries, analysing them in diachrony from the first professional dictionaries of the Baroque period via Enlightenment and Romanticism to exploring the possibilities of the new online lexicographical publications; and the second part looks at the interfaces between etymology, semantic development and word-formation on the one hand, and changes in society and culture on the other.
1. Tabula gratulatoria; 2. Preface (by Vancil, David E.); 3. Introduction (by Timofeeva, Olga); 4. Part I. History of dictionaries; 5. The Flores of Ouide (1513): An early Tudor Latin-English textbook (by Lancashire, Ian); 6. "Halles Lanfranke" and its most excellent and learned expositive table (by Tyrkko, Jukka); 7. John Lane's Verball: A lost Elizabethan dictionary project (by Considine, John); 8. The linking of lemma to gloss in Elyot's Dictionary (1538) (by Stein, Gabriele); 9. Music amidst the tumult (by Goodland, Giles); 10. Chaos and old night: A case study in quotation usage (by Knowles, Elizabeth); 11. Online dictionaries of English slang (by Coleman, Julie); 12. Part II. Word history and cultural history; 13. Old English etymologies in Christfrid Ganander's Nytt Finskt Lexicon (1787) (by Kilpio, Matti); 14. The origin of the word yeoman (by Liberman, Anatoly); 15. Early East India Company merchants and a rare word for sex (by Kaislaniemi, Samuli); 16. From denominal to deverbal: Action nouns in the English suffix -al (by Lloyd, Cynthia); 17. A gente Anglorum appellatur: The evidence of Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum for the replacement of Roman names by English ones during the early Anglo-Saxon period (by Hall, Alaric); 18. William Lambarde and Thomas Milles in search of the golden past (by Kahlas-Tarkka, Leena); 19. Contempt: The main growth area in the Elizabethan emotion lexicon (by Diller, Hans-Jurgen); 20. A lexical skirmish: OED3 and the vocabulary of swordplay (by Pendragon, Joshua); 21. Index of subjects; 22. Index of personal names