Lexicology: A Short Introduction

Lexicology: A Short Introduction


By (author) M. A. K. Halliday, By (author) Colin Yallop


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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 124 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 10mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 22 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 082649479X
  • ISBN 13: 9780826494795
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 622,776

Product description

This readable introductory textbook presents a concise survey of lexicology. The first section of the book is a survey of the study of words, providing students with an overview of basic issues in defining and understanding the word as a unit of language. This section also examines the history of lexicology, the evolution of dictionaries and recent developments in the field. The second section extends this study of lexicology into the relationship between words and meaning, etymology, prescription, language as social phenomenon and translation. "Lexicology: A Short Introduction" will be of interest to undergraduate students of linguistics.

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Author information

Professor M. A. K. Halliday (b. 1925) was Foundation Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney, Australia, until his retirement and has taught as a Visiting Professor around the world. As a self-styled 'generalist' he has published in many branches of linguistics. Colin Yallop is Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University, Australia.

Review quote

"This book is exactly what the title and subtitle imply: it is a short introduction to the study of words... This text fulfills its purpose admirably. It is a very good read as well, drawing on a remarkable knowledge of language and languages. One feature that is quite helpful is the use of bold test for terms which are deemed important enough to make it into the glossary, allowing for easy cross reference...This text makes fascinating foray into these matters from the perspective of the word, though, and for that alone is valuable to those who lean towards a social and functional view of language." -The Linguist List--Sanford Lakoff

Table of contents

1. Lexicology - M. A. K. Halliday; 1.1. What is a Word?; 1.2. Methods in Lexicology: the Dictionary; 1.3. Methods in Lexicology: the Thesaurus; 1.4. History of Lexicology: India, China, the Islamic World, Europe; 1.5. Evolution of the Dictionary and Thesaurus in England; 1.6. Recent Developments in Lexicology; 1.7. Sources and Resources; 2. Words and Meaning - Colin Yallop; 2.1 Words in Language; 2.2 Words and Meaning; 2.3 Etymology; 2.4 Prescription; 2.5 A Social View of Language and Meaning; 2.6 Saussure and Firth; 2.7 Cognitive Linguistics; 2.8 Language and Reality; 2.9 Language and Languages; 2.10 Translation; Bibliography.