The lexicographical experiments of Korais and Gazis



Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Graeco-Latina Brunensia
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Faculty of Arts

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Field Linguistics
Keywords Korais; Gazis; modern Greek dictionaries; modern Greek lexicography
Description The Greek Enlightenment, within the sphere of language, saw the first efforts to create a comprehensive Greek dictionary. This paper deals with Adamantios Korais, one of the most significant Greek scholars of that time, and his endeavours and ideas regarding the renewed lexicon. It also describes and compares a different approach to working on Greek vocabulary in the heyday of the national revival, represented by another eminent intellectual, Anthimos Gazis. The paper notes their individual principal motives, important predecessors, and particular intentions in creating dictionary, and provides a few examples of specific entries viewed differently by these two representatives of the Enlightenment. The approaches of the two scholars differ in their depth and utility; and the more linguistic versus the rather technically specialized contribution to the lexicography task of each will be outlined and confronted.
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