Zeitschrift für germanistische Linguistik
Deutsche Sprache in Gegenwart und Geschichte
Ed. by Ágel, Vilmos / Feilke, Helmuth / Linke, Angelika / Lüdeling, Anke / Tophinke, Doris
CiteScore 2018: 0.30
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.169
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.571
The present article discusses the achievements and deficiencies of the Deutsches Wörterbuch (DWB), the historical dictionary of German. Using the articles Frau and Fräulein as examples, it can be shown that the DWB gives new insights into the history of these much discussed words. What emerges also, however, is the fact that, in the framework of the DWB tradition, many relevant aspects of the history of these word cannot be dealt with in an adequate way. Specifically, the context of word families and word fields, but also sociological aspects of word history remain unexplained in the DWB articles. Therefore, it is argued, the historical lexicography of the future has to go new ways in dictionary making in order to give a more satisfactory account of historical lexicology.