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By Werner Hüllen

Roget's word list used to be first released in 1852 and has become probably the most well-known and widely-used reference works on the earth. this can be the 1st account of its genesis. Werner Hüllen contends that synonymy (words with related meanings) is a function of language with no which lets no longer speak. He describes the advance within the idea and perform of synonymy from Plato to the 17th century, while the 1st English synonym dictionaries started to appear. Roget's glossary, the 1st synonym dictionary prepared in topical order, represents an vastly major height during this improvement. This ebook exposes the conceptual framework in the back of the word list and indicates the way it could be interpreted as a predecessor of linguistic semantics.

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If we make historical allowances for the style and the mode of arguments, we can even agree with the author—except that what he says does not pertain to Roget’s Thesaurus. Obviously, he did not cherish the sober language of commerce, politics, the sciences, or the press, nor was he aware of sober but unpretentious authors who cared for the right word in the right place. But these are the texts and the people (people of his own calibre, in fact) that Roget was thinking of. The lively and successful history of the book was accompanied by a general silence on the part of philologists and other professionals.

As ‘overlap’ and ‘contrast’ are relative in their extent, semantic fields can have quite different sizes. At the extreme ends of a continuum one could call an entire language a semantic field,18 but one could also think of a field made up of only two lexemes, like left and right. In between these extremes, Trier and his followers assumed many fields of quite different sizes, obviously in analogy to the different domains of reality and of human thought and activities which require language. e. e. by the collection of individual word meanings.

G. by sound imitation). The meaning and the linguistic sign are so directly tied to each other that the sign is understood not only to represent but even to replace the item meant. 7 Therefore, we regard the apprehension of meanings which come from linguistic signs as a genetically given human faculty which does not need any further explanation. 8 The latter is, of course, the result of the former. Basically, clarity of meaning indication is achieved by the phonetic (and/or graphical) differences between signs.

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