Lexicographical standardization in David Qimḥi’s Sefer ha-Shorashim

Throughout the Middle Ages, the study of the Hebrew language underwent major developments in different regions and most notably in al-Andalus, where the bases of the methodology still in use today were laid. In the medieval Islamic world, the study of language occupied a leading role among the sciences, for language was regarded as the key providing access to the other disciplines. Within linguistic studies, lexicography – that is, the study of words – ranked extremely high.

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