Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

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Drawing on the discussion of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary in reading B of unit 2, critically evaluate Mitchell’s (2005) claim that, while grammarians were the guardians of the English language in the seventeenth century, lexicographers assumed that role in the eighteenth century”.
The rules and explanations of “Grammar are different than texts and language in terms of words, sounds, sentences, and some other elements of language too. Grammar works on combined explanation of language and interpretations as well. The publication of Samuel Johnson got popularity all over the world in the history of English language. He worked more than nine years to writing such as an impressing book for the English learners”.
Samuel Johnson wrote a “dictionary
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During the 17th century, dictionaries were in vernacular and were only evolving to provide the list of simple hard vocabulary. The art of writing dictionaries in the 17th century had not developed fully (Mitchell, 2005). Furthermore, since most business transactions occurred in Latin, vernacular dictionaries were not in high demand. Additionally, grammar texts also included the list of Latin words whereas dictionaries had English-English word lists only. Dictionaries of the 17th century provided short definitions that were convenient to the user. Grammar texts, however, could not cover a wide range of vocabularies because of space limitations”(Mitchell,…show more content…
In seventeenth - century, a number of grammar texts included different components of lexicographical which were not very familiar with most of other lexicons authors. That’s the idea of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary got popularity because of the 17th-century situation in the field of dictionaries”.
- In “the 18th century, the grammarians became more conscious by facing some issues while teaching in the grammar schools especially. The lexicographers were more concerned about research and documentation methods in the English language. In the result, Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language (1755) played an important role by combining effective practices of early
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