Linguistic semantics and the representation of word meanings in Latin dictionaries

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David B. Wharton, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Acquiring accurate and detailed knowledge of word meanings is one of the most difficult tasks that face second language learners, especially when words have more than one meaning. Thus those of us who study ancient languages need particularly good dictionaries, since we do not experience the full range of words and their various meanings as they usually occurred to ancient speakers in everyday life. We especially need them for words that do not occur with great frequency in authors that we usually read; for such words, dictionaries are our most important source of information about their range of meanings and uses. With this in mind, I want to explore here the semantics of a single Latin word - horror as a case study in the usefulness of current practices in Latin lexicography, with a particular focus on the way they handle problems of polysemy.

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Formal Linguistics and the Teaching of Latin, edited by Renato Oniga, Rosella Iovino, and Giuliana Giusti, Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2011, pp. 255-278
Language: English
Date: 2011
Latin, semantics, linguistics, lexicography

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