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Lexicography, History of
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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 became…

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Maria Pantelia, “Lexicography, History of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000216>
First published online: 2013

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