Austin suggests that the contradictions of Webster's lexicography were part of a larger play between liberty and order within American intellectual discourse, with some pulled toward Europe and the past, and others pulled toward America and the new future.
He graduated intaught at schools in GlastonburyHartford, and West Hartford, and studied law in Litchfield. His book contained seventy thousand words, of which twelve thousand had never appeared in a published dictionary before. After the tour, you may feel inspired to browse through the original edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language.
He was an education reformer, political activist, author of textbooks, pioneer in epidemiology, newspaper editor, and an early antislavery advocate. In Webster began compiling a fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language; it took twenty-eight years to complete.
On May 28,a few days after he had completed revising an appendix to the second edition, and with much of his efforts with the dictionary still unrecognized, Noah Webster died.
Noah Webster was a very learned and devout man, and his ideas about language in his long introduction to his dictionary make for interesting reading.
His dictionary is an essential tool for anyone studying the Bible. They had poor, underpaid staff, no desks, and unsatisfactory textbooks that came from England. This is a book that should be in everyone's library, as providing a fund of wisdom, knowledge, and information that few modern books can even begin to approach.
Title page of Webster's Dictionary of the English Language, circa — Impact[ edit ] Lepore demonstrates Webster's paradoxical ideas about language and politics and shows why Webster's endeavors were at first so poorly received.
Start Your Free Trial Today The absence of a federal copyright law until and discrepancies among the state laws left the author of a popular book open to piracy unless he exerted strenuous efforts. For a time he put forward claims for such reform in his readers and spellers and in his Collection of Essays and Fugitiv [sic] Writingswhich encouraged "reezoning," "yung" persons, "reeding," and a "zeel" for "lerning"; but he was too careful a Yankee to allow odd behavior to stand in the way of profit.
As he set forth his ideas in Dissertations on the English Languagetheatre should be spelled theater; machine, masheen; plough, plow; draught, draft.