The narrative definitions in the eighteenth-century dictionary by P. Danet and F. Kola from the viewpoint of modern semantics and lexicography Cover Image
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Zalety modelu objaśniania znaczeń w osiemnastowiecznym dykcjonarzu Piotra Daneta i Franciszka Koli z perspektywy współczesnej semantyki i leksykografii
The narrative definitions in the eighteenth-century dictionary by P. Danet and F. Kola from the viewpoint of modern semantics and lexicography

Author(s): Irena Szczepankowska
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics
Published by: Towarzystwo Miłośników Języka Polskiego
Keywords: Polish lexicography; historical dictionaries; semantics; models of definition

Summary/Abstract: The subject of this paper is a definition model used in an eighteenth-century dictionary, examined from the point of view of contemporary semantic theories and lexicographic assumptions. The analysis of Pierre Danet’s French and Latin dictionary, translated into Polish by Franciszek Kola, leads to the conclusion that its definitions comply with certain modern requirements, especially with regard to elaborating user-friendly dictionaries, which combine scientific information with common knowledge based on stereotypes and prefer the narrative and discursive model of definition with expanded modal and metatextual frameworks. It should also be noted that Danet and Kola’s dictionary is significant in the development of the Polish metalexicographic terminology. The results of the conducted research show that old dictionaries can be a source of theoretical and methodological inspiration for new concepts and models of semantic description.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 72-83
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish