A Bilingual Thesaurus of Everyday Life in Medieval England: Some Issues at the Interface of Semantics and Lexicography

Sylvester, Louise and Marcus, Imogen and Ingham, Richard (2016) A Bilingual Thesaurus of Everyday Life in Medieval England: Some Issues at the Interface of Semantics and Lexicography. International Journal of Lexicography, 30 (3). pp. 309-321. ISSN 0950-3846

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Abstract

This paper reports on issues at the interface between semantics and lexicography that arose out of the data collection and classification of vocabulary in Anglo-Norman and Middle English in order to create a bilingual thesaurus of everyday life in medieval England. The Bilingual Thesaurus project is based at Birmingham City University and the University of Westminster. Issues to be resolved included the definition of an occupational domain; the creation of a methodology of data collection; the delimitation of domain-specific vocabulary; making distinctions between sense and usage; and the categorisation of the lexical items. Some of these issues are general to thesaurus-making, some are specific to the making of historical thesauruses, while some are unique to the production of a thesaurus of two languages whose use overlapped for several centuries in the late medieval period in England.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1093/ijl/ecw018
Date: 11 May 2016
Subjects: Q300 English studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Media and English > School of English
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 26 May 2021 12:49
Last Modified: 26 May 2021 12:49
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11678

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