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Tien eeue leksikografie: Van woordelys tot woordeboek

Wouter C. van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 41, No 2 | a2135 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v41i2.2135 | © 1985 Wouter C. van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 January 1985 | Published: 07 January 1985

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Wouter C. van Wyk,, South Africa

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Ten centuries of lexicography: From vocabulary list to dictionary
The aim of the article is to illuminate the development in the lexicography of Biblical Hebrew through ten centuries from the first vocabularly list to a dictionary based on linguistic, comparative Semitic and encyclopedic principles. The writer treats several stages through the Middle Ages, the Reformation period, the Enlightenment and the Twentieth century up to a contemporary project of South African scholars working on a new Semantic Hebrew 'wordbook'. The conclusion in the article is that the nature of a specific dictionary or vocabularly list, for example philological, theological or linguistic, serves particular, legitimate needs.


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