By Werner Hüllen
During this booklet Werner Hüllen examines Roget's Thesaurus relating to linguistics, philosophy and background. He explores the effect of Roget's Thesaurus overseas (Germany and the Romance countries). He epitomizes its heritage and compares a number of the variations of the e-book. In lexical case reviews he evaluates a few entries with pertinence to their cultural and political implications. He discusses the didactic power of thesauri in most cases and considers the consequences of the Thesaurus for the examine of scholarly linguistics and psychology. He discusses how Roget's Thesaurus ready the way in which for the newer inspiration of community semantics. via examining retrieval thoughts you can actually exhibit, he claims, how the phrases of languages have been (and are) saved within the minds of these who communicate them. Professor Hüllen concludes by means of contemplating the function of synonymy in language from a viewpoint of cognitive linguistics exhibiting that it really is imperative for conversation.
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The selection of horse was triggered by the fact that traditional topical (onomasiological) dictionaries devote full chapters to the popular animal species. 18 I ignore singular mentions of horse, mostly in compounds (215 horse as stand, 245 horse-shoe as curvature, 726 horseman as hussar, 938 horse laugh as expression of joy, 972 horse whip as punishment [spelling here and elsewhere according to Roget]). It is interesting to ﬁnd that these singular mentions all reappear in the last edition. 30 Networks and Knowledge in Roget’s Thesaurus whip and gallop (which may however be intended metaphorically), 15 phrases, among them to clap spurs to one’s horse, 30 adjectives and phrases and 28 adverbs and phrases, among them whip and spur.
In the ‘Plan’ and in the ‘Synopsis’ as well as in the text, this arrangement was made visible in print. The two groups opposed each other on the left- and right-hand side of each (column of a) page. In the text, this typographical means was, actually, not really helpful in the many cases where the entry articles had no polar pair; and there are quite a number of them. In the introductory ‘Plan’ and ‘Synopsis’, however, it visualized convincingly the fact that every article was 5 Three examples: In the 1852 edition, there is an obviously erroneous arrangement of 15 Difference and 16 Uniformity which leads to the unique case that in the text an antonym (absence or want of uniformity) is inserted without an article number.
State—8. Circumstance. Roget’s Thesaurus, 1852 to 2002 25 part of a horizontal relation to its pair (unless it was a default case) and of a vertical relation to semantically discriminated other articles. Robert A. Dutch, the editor of the 1962 edition, did away with this technical device. 9 He did not substantially change the onomasiological order of the entry articles, but he rearranged the ‘Plan’ and the ‘Synopsis’ into a merely serial succession of terms and did the same with the typographical order of the entry articles, leaving it to the readers to ﬁnd their interrelations.
Networks and Knowledge in Roget's Thesaurus by Werner Hüllen