Collocations and the Philosophical Language of John Wilkins in William Lloyd's Lexicography of Possibilities ("An Alphabetical Dictionary", 1668).
"The philosophical language on which Wilkins and Lloyd worked had to analyse English lexical items rationally before providing them with equivalents. As Wilkins remarked, a verb such as 'set', taken together with all the phrasal verbs formed from it like 'set up', 'set down', and 'set out', may have more than a hundred senses; for his purposes this meant that the concepts denoted by its various senses might have a great many different places in his system. Dolezal discusses Wilkins and Lloyd's responses to the challenge, with particular attention their lexicographical metalanguage and its implications, concluding with the argument that the "Alphabetical Dictionary" is a "compendium of the many possibilities of lexicography' which from its publication invited it readers to take part in intellectual exchange." p. xii-xiv, John Considine, Introduction.