Who decides what’s in the dictionary? – Ilan Stavans

Explore the history of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and find out how old words get redefined and how new words are added.

While the concept of a dictionary dates back to ancient civilizations, the first English dictionary wasn’t published until 1604. In the centuries that followed, many more dictionaries were written by individual authors who chose what to include or exclude, with most quickly becoming outdated. One 19th century lexicon had a different fate. Ilan Stavans digs into the history of Webster’s Dictionary.

Lesson by Ilan Stavans, directed by Lisa LaBracio.

Support Our Non-Profit Mission
———————————————-
Support us on Patreon: http://bit.ly/TEDEdPatreon
Check out our merch: http://bit.ly/TEDEDShop
———————————————-

Connect With Us
———————————————-
Sign up for our newsletter: http://bit.ly/TEDEdNewsletter
Follow us on Facebook: http://bit.ly/TEDEdFacebook
Find us on Twitter: http://bit.ly/TEDEdTwitter
Peep us on Instagram: http://bit.ly/TEDEdInstagram
———————————————-

Keep Learning
———————————————-
View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/who-decides-what-s-in-the-dictionary-ilan-stavans
Dig deeper with additional resources: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/who-decides-what-s-in-the-dictionary-ilan-stavans#digdeeper

Music: https://www.campstudio.co/
———————————————-

Thank you so much to our patrons for your support! Without you this video would not be possible! Leonardo Monrroy, Sumedh Ghaisas, Maryam, Bethany Connor, Jeremy Shimanek, Mark Byers, Avinash Amarnath, Xuebicoco, Rare Media, Rayo, Po Foon Kwong, NinjaBoffin, Jesse Jurman, Josue Perez Miranda, Scott Markley, Elija Peterson, Ovidiu Mrd, Xavier dupont, paul g mohney, Aravind Battaje, Nathan Giusti, Helen Lee, Anthony Benedict, Karthik Balsubramanian, John Hong, Annastasshia Ames, Amy Lopez, Vinh-Thuy Nguyen, Liz Candee, Kathryn Vacha, Ugur Doga Sezgin, Anthony Arcis, Chung Wah Gnapp, Karmi Nguyen, Yelena Baykova, Harshita Jagdish Sahijwani, Nick Johnson, Carlos H. Costa, Roberto Patrick, Les Howard, Jennifer Kurkoski, Ryan B Harvey, Abhishek Bansal, Akinola Emmanuel, Jose Arcadio Valdes Franco, Karl Laius, JY Kang, Heidi Stolt, Alexis Hevia and Christina Salvatore.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: