REVIEW: Semantics and Lexicography. Selected Studies (1976-1996). Herbert Ernst Wiegand, Eds. Antje Immken and Werner Wolski.i.
Professor Dr. H.E. Wiegand worked towards a theory of definition (or, more precisely, in his terms,"so- called definition") by questioning the conventional practice and theoretical premises of linguists and lexicographers. While this present publication does not provide a full exposition of his work and ideas, the selection of work in the volume reveals the evolution of his systematic approach to dictionary research and will most likely leave the reader with a desire to take the time to look at other articles that are not included. Anglophone readers - especially those interested in lexicographical practice -will find detailed accounts and descriptions and explanations based on close readings of German monolingual dictionaries which should prove illuminating; the use of notational systems intended to provide semasiological and onomasiological information provides models for monolingual dictionaries in any language. The book under review includes a preface by its editors, Antje Immken and Werner Wolski, an introduction by Wolski, twelve articles and an epilogue by Wiegand, and a thirty-one page bibliography. We are told by the editors that this English translation of articles covering twenty years of research on semantics and lexicography was motivated by a call to make Wiegand's work available to a larger readership.