Article published In:Historiographia Linguistica
Vol. 45:1/2 (2018) ► pp.37–70
This article studies Ramón Joaquín Domínguez’s (1811–1848) Diccionario Nacional ó gran diccionario clásico de la lengua española (1846–1847), the first encyclopedic work written in Spain. Firstly, a historical account of the context in which this lexicographic work emerged is provided. Secondly, Domínguez’s life, work and political ideas are examined. Finally, the disapproval of the Royal Spanish Academy in the Diccionario Nacional is analyzed. I argue that, in keeping with the French encyclopedic tradition, Domínguez displayed an openly political standpoint in his dictionary and criticized both political ideas and institutions of power that he considered a hindrance to progress and liberalism.