- Taschenbuch: 404 Seiten
- Verlag: Yale University Press; Auflage: New ed (8. Februar 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 9780300089196
- ISBN-13: 978-0300089196
- ASIN: 0300089198
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 2,3 x 20,3 cm
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Caught in the Web of Words: James Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 8. Februar 2001
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"It is a magnificent story of a magnificent man, one of the finest biographies of the twentieth century, as its subject was one of the finest human beings of the nineteenth." Anthony Burgess "A moving and dramatic story... sometimes tragic, often comic, ultimately triumphant." The Times "A biography that possesses many of the virtues of James Murray himself - grace, humour, intelligence, curiosity, and scholarship." Time "In her vivid biography, Murray's granddaughter brings his remarkable personality to life, and provides an unexpectedly fascinating account of the O.E.D.'s long and difficult birth." Times Literary Supplement "A gripping, engaging story; endearing, too. The daily round of a big Victorian family, with its jokes, games, and treasured seaside holidays, is entrancingly evoked." The Sunday Times"
This unique and celebrated biography describes how a largely self-educated boy from a small village in Scotland entered the world of scholarship and became the first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and a great lexicographer. It also provides an absorbing account of how the dictionary was written, the personalities of the people working on it, and the endless difficulties that nearly led to whole enterprise being abandoned.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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In two years at school he learned four languages. After school he was tutored in two more by a family friend, Italian and German. His family did not send him to grammar school at Melrose because there were other boys to educate. He became an assistant master when he was seventeen. By 1857 he was developing an interest in philology. Seeing Anglo-Saxon put him into a high state of excitement. He moved to London and started to work at Russian. He wrote THE DIALECT OF THE SOUTHERN COUNTIES OF SCOTLAND.
James Murray was respected by Morris, Ellis, Sweat, Skeat--men instrumental in revolutionizing the science of etymology. In 1868 at the Philological Society Murray encountered Frederick Furnivall. Furnivall was an inveterate founder of organizations for the study of English. Murray became an editor of the dictionary project of the Philological Society after the first editor, Herbert Coleridge, died. Borrowing the method of work from the Germans, Coleridge had started in 1860 with fifty four pigeon-holes. James Murray was named editor in 1877.
Ultimately there were sixteen thousand pages of the OED. Murray died in July 1915. The last portion of the dictionary appeared in 1928. Supplements to the dictionary were issued in 1933 and 1972. There are two appendices, notes, and an index in this very good book.