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English Literatures: 3. Dictionaries & Lexicons

British, Commonwealth, post-colonial, and ethnic literatures written in English

Dictionaries and Lexicons

Dictionaries in the Lee Library

English Dictionaries

some types in the Lee Library Reference collection . . .

Fall 2009

English Dictionaries

“unabridged” dictionaries

large, supposedly exhaustive, complete, lacking/omitting nothing: including versions by Random House, and the “classic” (1958) Webster’s 3rd ed. (“the cube”), etc.
historical dictionaries (dictionaries that show the changes in English)

  • Samuel Johnson’s dictionary from 1755 (perhaps the first English dictionary)
  • Webster’s 1828 ed. in facsimile (especially helpful for LDS Church history, US history, etc.)
  • The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) – 2nd ed. (1989), 20 vols. in print and online

 usage dictionaries

The Cambridge Guide to English Usage / Pam Peters. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.   [Hum Ref. PE 1464 .P48 2004]
etymologies (word roots, origins)
The Word : The Dictionary that Reveals the Hebrew Source of English / Isaac E. Mozeson. New York, N.Y. : Shapolsky Publishers, c1989. [Hum. Ref. PE 1582 .H4 M69 1989]
dictionaries of eponyms (words coined from a proper name)
A New Dictionary of Eponyms / Morton S. Freeman. New York : Oxford University Press, 1997. [Hum. Ref. PE 1596 .F73 1997]
dictionaries of idioms (and clichés)

  • Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms / Paul Heacock, editor in chief. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003. [Hum. Ref. PE 2839 .C36 2003]
  • The Penguin Dictionary of Clichés / Julia Cresswell. London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2000. [Hum. Ref. PE 1689 .C747x 2000]

slang dictionaries
The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English / Tom Dalzell (senior editor) and Terry Victor (editor).  London ; New York : Routledge, 2006. [Hum. Ref. PE 3721 .P3 2006]
dictionaries of regional varieties (including slang, and geographic, ethnic, situational idiom)
Words of the Vietnam War : the Slang, Jargon, Abbreviations, Acronyms, Nomenclature, Nicknames, Pseudonyms, Slogans, Specs, Euphemisms, Double-talk, Chants, and Names and Places of the Era of United States Involvement in Vietnam / by Gregory R. Clark. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c1990. [Hum. Ref. PE 3727 .S7 C57 1990]
“world English” (English words/usage around the world)
World English : From Aloha to Zed / Robert Hendrickson. New York : Wiley, 2001. [Hum. Ref. PE 2751 .H46 2001]
and (don’t forget) literary dictionaries (that define English words according to a literary context)

(shelved with “regular” dictionaries in Humanities Reference)

Metaphors Dictionary / Elyse Sommer, executive editor ; Dorrie Weiss, associate editor. Edition statement: 1st ed. New York : Gale Research, c1995  [Hum. Ref. PE 1689 .M47 1995]
(shelved with “general” reference works in Humanities Reference)
A Derrida Dictionary / Niall Lucy. Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2004. [Hum. Ref. B 2430 .D483 Z865 2004]
(shelved with “literature” reference in Humanities Reference)
Encyclopedia of Feminist Literary Theory / editor, Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace. New York : Garland, 1997. [Hum. Ref. PN 98 .W64 E53 1997]


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