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The linking of lemma to gloss in Elyot’s <i>Dictionary</i> (1538)

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Abstract

Dictionary entries comprise two essential parts, the headword (&#8216;lemma&#8217;) and the author&#8217;s explanation (&#8216;gloss&#8217;). This paper addresses the ways in which compilers link these two components (using formulations such as &#8216;X means Y,&#8217; &#8216;X is a mammal of the genus Z&#8217;). After a survey of medieval practice, the readers&#8217; attention is drawn to the influential and ground-breaking bilingual (Latin&#8211;English&#173;) dictionary by Sir Thomas Elyot and the various ways in which he relates headword to gloss.

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