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Lexicography is two things

Even though wikipedia is not a dictionary, both of these topics should be most interesting to wikipedians, especially since the art or craft of writing an encyclopedia does not yet have an established name of its own.

There seems to be a discussion of the definition of lexicology. Some use that word as a synonym for theoretical lexicography, others use it for a branch of linguistics pertaining to the treasure of words in a particular language.

Most English lexicographers would find interest in Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language (1755). Books containing instructions for how to write a dictionary is a rare genre. Some titles are:

  • Sidney Landau, Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography, 2nd ed., 2001
  • Henri Bejoint, Modern Lexicography: An Introduction, 2000
  • R R K Hartmann, Teaching and Researching Lexicography, 2001
  • R R K Hartmann, Dictionary of Lexicography, 1998
  • Vincent Ooi, Computer Corpus Lexicography, 1998

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