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Bullokar's and Cockeram's Interest in Word Formation: Treatment of Derivatives in the Earliest English Dictionaries
Kusujiro Miyoshi
120-127 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


It has generally been acknowledged among authorities that the history of English dictionaries in the seventeenth century is characterized by the "hard word tradition". However, during this century, lexicographical technique in the treatment of word formation developed considerably, with derivative suffixes receiving special attention. Elisha Coles is occasionally thought to have been the first lexicographer in the seventeenth century who paid special attention to word formation. Miyoshi claims that this is far from true; in fact, the two lexicographers succeeding Robert Cawdrey's Table Alphabeticall (1604), the first English monolingual dictionary, can be regarded as having laid the foundation for the treatment of derivatives through a keen interest in English word formation, John Bullokar by compiling the English Expositor (1616) and Henry Cockeram the first part of the English Dictionary (1623). Miyoshi clarifies how Bullokar and Cockeram developed the treatment of derivatives, Bullokar referring to Cawdrey's Table and Cockeram to both the Table and Bullokar's Expositor.

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Selected Proceedings of the 2012 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX 3)
edited by R. W. McConchie, Teo Juvonen, Mark Kaunisto, Minna Nevala, and Jukka Tyrkkö
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