Lexicography and Physicke: The Record of Sixteenth-Century English Medical Terminology

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but works have been read for this study without regard to their appearance or non-appearance in the OED: it has not been a criterion for selection. It is probable that a much larger sample should be made available before sensible comment on this matter can be made here, but it is obvious that works already read yield plenty of material for the researcher in all cases.

Some words appearing here as antedatings may already have been antedated in the MED or elsewhere, but this fact is overlooked for the purposes of this study, as previously indicated, since the OED, not the antedatings themselves, is the object of the research. As to new senses, the OED and the MED are not strictly comparable because of their disparate styles of definition, the nature of MED material requiring far less exactitude and discrimination. The MED almost inevitably records a longer antedating or provides an instance of precisely the sense recorded here. They do, however, appear in the present study, since their presence in the MED does not in the least affect their interpretative value for the OED or for the other matters raised here.

Having now established some ground rules, and cleared away some of the mechanical problems, I will undertake in Chapter 6 a more detailed account of the meaning of the data incorporated in this study, in particular a statistical examination of the many antedatings collected to see what they will reveal both about the state of the medical lexicon in the sixteenth century and about the way in which it has been handled in the OED.


Notes
1.
This list forms vol. ii of this publication.
2.
Primarily Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
3.
In these citations translators are given the primary author reference, and the original authors from whose work the translations have come are made to appear in square brackets since the major interest of this study is in the English version, not the original. STC, however, lists works under their original authors, not the translators.
4.
For the most substantial digest of other information of this kind, see Bailey ( 1978).
5.
See e.g. Nevalainen and Raumolin-Brunberg ( 1989: 67-110).
6.
Cotta's book ( 1612) was first analysed very early, in the early 1980s, before the project took its present shape, but the arbitrary fixing of a date seemed no good reason to exclude the work, since it has proved to be a most productive one.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Contents xi
  • Abbreviations xii
  • I - Introduction 1
  • Notes 11
  • 2 - The Inadequacy of English 14
  • Notes 57
  • 3 - Language and Authority 62
  • Notes 93
  • 4 - The Early Lexicographers: Elyot to Bullokar 97
  • Notes 115
  • 5 - New Data for the Oed: Methodological Problems 119
  • Notes 149
  • 6 - Antedatings 154
  • Notes 179
  • 7 - The Medical Lexicon and the Oed 182
  • Notes 221
  • Bibliography 223
  • Appendix 1, - An Alphabetical List by Author of the Data Excerpted 237
  • Notes 411
  • Appendix 2 - Graphs of the Lengths of Antedatings by Author 413
  • Appendix 3 - Medical Antedatings 422
  • Index 435
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