ON THE FIRST TWO VOLUMES OF A COMPREHENSIVE DICTIONARY OF HUNGARIAN
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It was in 1898 that the Hungarian Academy of Sciences started preparations for the publication of a comprehensive Hungarian dictionary to follow the six-volume dictionary edited by Gergely Czuczor and János Fogarasi (1862-1874). Those preparations involved the selection of words from 18th and 19th century texts (both fiction and non-fiction) and their recording on slips, possibly with their context included. This archival material, collected for 60 years with interruptions, was complemented after 1985 with an electronic data base ten times its size whose material was partly drawn, among various other sources, from the Hungarian Historical Corpus. The material was then sorted out and philologically checked, a technique for arranging this morphologically intricate word stock was invented, and in 2006 the volume containing a-initial entries (Vol. II) was finally published. At the same time, a supplementary volume was also published as Vol. I that contained a summary of the editorial principles of the dictionary, its history, the structure of the entries, a detailed list of sources, and inflectional paradigms of the headwords in the form of detailed tables. - The present paper discusses the debates that preceded the finalization of the editorial rulebook, as well as grammatical and orthographic issues, problems of phraseology, and describes the clear and vivid typography of the dictionary.
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