Lexicography, History of
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Abstract

The formal preoccupation with words and their meaning or etymology goes back to the 5th c. BCE and may have existed even earlier. The sophists, Plato and Aristotle raised questions about language and the true meaning of words and laid much of the foundation for the later grammatical tradition. The farther away scholarship moved from the original texts in time, the greater the need…

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Maria Pantelia, “Lexicography, History of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 24 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000216>
First published online: 2013



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