Assignment 5 – Dictionaries

NOTE: This week only, homework will be due on Tuesday (Feb 21) at 5 pm.

Read the descriptions of the procedures Johnson followed in compiling his dictionary in Macarthur and in Johnson’s Preface. How might the procedures have been different if he had had modern technologies at his disposal—a networked computer, substantial corpora of online literature and texts, and so forth. Can the entire procedure of lexicography be crowd-sourced, à la the Urban Dictionary? Do you think we still require professional lexicographers?

Answer some of these questions in NO MORE THAN 500 WORDS!!!!!!!

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