Ethnocentrism and the English dictionary

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This unique work challenges the assumption that dictionaries act as objective records of our language, and instead argues that the English dictionary is a fundamentally ethnocentric work. Using theoretical, historical and empirical analyses, Phil Benson shows how English dictionaries have filtered knowledge through predominantly Anglo-American perspectives. The book includes a major case study of the most recent edition of the Oxford English Dictionary and its treatment of China.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages240
ISBN (Electronic)9780203250815, 9780203205716, 9780415220743, 9781134599585
ISBN (Print)9780415758239
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge studies in the history of linguistics


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