Lexicography and the OED: Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest


'An excellently integrated and fascinating collection of essays dealing with aspects of the compilation of the OED.' -Years Work in English Studies'Dr Mugglestone is to be congratulated on bringing together an international team of experts and producing such a coherent volume of consistent excellence... Penny Silva's fine essay, 'Time and Meaning: Sense and Definition in the OED', may be taken as representative. This chapter should be required reading for every dictionary editor.' -Notes and Queries'This carefully edited and printed collection will be an invaluable work of reference for lexicophiles.' -International Journal of Lexicography'This is a rich and scholarly volume, based on hitherto unexploited documentary resources relating to the OED. It not only gives unusually fresh glimpses into the early history of this work, but also sets out an agenda of issues relevant to anyone concerned with dictionaries and dictionary-making.' -The Review of English Studies'This study is an essential acquisition for lexicographers, language scholars and researchers. Indeed, anyone with a passion for the English language and a basic knowledge of the history of the OED will find much of interest within these pages.' - Richard Boyle, Times Higher Education Supplement'Lexicography and the OED justifiably claims to be 'the most wide-ranging account yet published of the creation of one of the great canonical works of the 20th century.' -Richard Boyle, Times Higher Education SupplementThe Oxford English Dictionary occupies a special place in the history of English, cultural as well as linguistic. Lexicography and the OED sets out to explore the pioneering endeavours in both lexicography and lexicology which led to the making of its first edition. Making use of much unpublished archive material, this collection of twelve essays brings a wide variety of perspectives to bear upon the OED, and the particular problems posed by the attempt to break new ground in its formation.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Lynda Mugglestone
  • Elizabeth Knowles
  • Charlotte Brewer
  • Noel Osselton
  • Penny Silva
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2000


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.