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The first dictionary


Was thinking of the reason why the first dictionary would have been introduced. Because people belonging to one place don’t need a dictionary as such. It could have probably started to help the traders coming from other nations/states/locations. Lemme figure out the origin of the first dictionary.

Yahoo answers says that

Robert Cawdrey wrote the book A Table Alphabeticall which is generally regarded to be the first fully developed representative of the monolingual dictionary in English.

However Wiki has something different to say

The oldest known dictionaries were Akkadian empire cuneiform tablets with bilingual Sumerian-Akkadian wordlists, discovered in Ebla (modern Syria) and dated roughly 2300 BCE. The early 2nd millennium BCE Urra=hubullu glossary is the canonical Babylonian version of such bilingual Sumerian wordlists. A Chinese dictionary, the ca. 3rd century BCE Erya, was the earliest surviving monolingual dictionary, although some sources cite the ca. 800 BCE Shizhoupian as a “dictionary”, modern scholarship considers it a calligraphic compendium of Chinese characters from Zhou dynasty.

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