Lexicology is a speciality in linguistics dealing with the meaning and usage of words, as conceived in a dictionary or thesaurus. The term first appeared in the 1820's, though obviously there were lexicologists before that.

As there are many different types of dictionaries, there are many different types of lexicologists. There are difficulties is working out what simple words such as 'the' mean, and what complicated words mean. Also which words to keep in and which not to include.

Noted Lexicologists:

  • Damaso Alonso,Oct. 22, 1898- Spanish literary critic and lexicologist
  • Roland Barthes, Nov. 12, 1915-Mar. 25, 1980 French writer, critic and lexicologist
  • Dr Samuel Johnson

  • Words, Meaning, and Vocabulary: An Introduction to Modern English Lexicology, (ed. H. Jackson); ISBN 0304703966
  • Toward a Functional Lexicology, (ed. G. Wotjak); ISBN 0820435260
  • Lexicology, Semantics, and Lexicography, (ed. J. Coleman); ISBN 1556199724

Societies: Compare to Lexicography, Lexeme\n