Noah Webster

(1758—1843) lexicographer

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Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

The origins of the English dictionary are found in the late 16th cent. when people became aware of the two levels of English (‘learned’, ‘literary’, ‘inkhorn’, distinct from ‘spoken’,...

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Language, American.

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

The meaning and significance of the term “American Language” has changed considerably since Roger Williams published A Key into the Language of America in 1643. For Williams, the term...

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