The story of Webster's third : Philip Gove's controversial dictionary and its critics

Herbert C. Morton

The publication of Webster's Third New International Dictionary in 1961 set off a storm of controversy in both the popular press and in scholarly journals that was virtually unprecedented in its scope and intensity. This is the first full account of the controversy, set within the larger background of how the dictionary was planned and put together by its editor-in-chief, Philip Babcock Gove. Based on original research and interviews with the people who knew and worked with Gove, this is a human story as well as the story of the making of a dictionary. The author skilfully interweaves an account of Gove's character and working habits with the evolution of the dictionary. The reception given Webster's Third - now widely regarded as one of the greatest dictionaries of our time - illuminates public misconceptions about language and the role of dictionaries.

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  • 1. The best of times and the worst: a prologue
  • Part I. Philip Gove and The Genesis of Webster's Third: 2. Gove's formative years: the road to Springfield
  • 3. The Webster and Merriam tradition
  • 4. The new editor takes hold
  • Part II. The Making of the Dictionary: Gove's Intentions: 5. The meaning of words: definers at work
  • 6. The origins of words: the etymologist's task
  • 7. The sound of words and other matters
  • 8. Usage and final tasks
  • Part III. The War of Words: 9. Early Returns: the fuse is lit
  • 10. The controversy heats up
  • 11. 1962: calamity or calumny?
  • 12. Commercial intrusions: trademarks, takeover threats, competition
  • 13. Ideology and politics in the running debate
  • 14. The judgment of peers
  • Part IV. Sorting It All Out: 15. Gove and Webster's Third: the legacy
  • 16. Concluding words.

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書名 The story of Webster's third : Philip Gove's controversial dictionary and its critics
著作者等 Morton, Herbert Charles
Morton Herbert C.
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1995, c1994
版表示 1st pbk. ed
ページ数 xv, 332 p., [8] p. of plates
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521558697
NCID BA26111350
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス