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Newspaper lexicon
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1. Concept and spread

Newspaper lexica were reference works that compiled and explained terms used frequently in newspapers, as an aid to reading. The first newspaper lexica appeared in German around the turn of the 18th century. They were the direct precursors to the first ”conversation lexica” (Konversationslexika).

The newspaper lexicon as a specific form of encyclopedia was mostly a German phenomenon, as a result of Germany’s prominent position in the emergence and develop…

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Göbel, Christian, “Newspaper lexicon”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030724>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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