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By Werner Hüllen

This interesting examine explores the so-called topical, i.e. non-alphabetical, word-lists which seemed among the beginnings of written tradition and 1700. a sort of early dictionary, those lists the influential paradigms of theology, philosophy, and usual historical past of the time, offering us with proof on cultural historical past and linguistic improvement. Professor Hüllen attracts on many examples to supply an perception into this lexicographical culture.

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His main argument is that in the topical arrangement users of his Latin glossary learn not only words but also matter. Horvm Commentariorum id meum primum institutum fuit, ut autor essem noui Dictionariorum conscribendorum ordinis, quem nec Graecus quisquam, nec Latinus sibi uendicare posset. Qui ordo est . . ut non seriam alphabeticam sequamur (quod uulgus Grammaticorum facit) sed res rebus attexamur, & dictiones significatione cognatas, inter se copulemus. In quo non solum dictionum ipsarum significationes potes compraehendere, sed rerum etiam naturam.

They also convey an impression of the geographical conditions of Egyptian life. The Rammasseum Onomasticon of the thirteenth to fourteenth dynasty has sections on ‘plants and liquids’, ‘wickerwork, minerals and seed’, ‘birds’, ‘fishes’, ‘birds’ (again), ‘quadrupeds’, and the names of southern Egyptian fortresses (Gardiner 1947, vol. I, 7–23). The later Onomasticon of Amenopeˇ , of the twenty-first or twenty-second dynasty, that is, immediately following the reign of Rameses II (1290–1224 BC)2, of which eight manuscripts— papyri and ostraca—are extant, has nine sections with 610 entries, namely: I.

See also Heger 1964. 44 See, however, Burkhanov 1994. 22 Opening the topic particular,45 and of the function of the onomasiological principle in works as different from dictionaries in their arrangement and purposes as, for example, dialogues. Finally, Tom McArthur (1986a and 1986b), himself the author of an onomasiological dictionary, gives an outline of what he calls ‘thematic lexicography’. Consequently, both publications pertain largely to the selection of works for the purpose of analysis in this book, but not for the linguistic method applied.

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