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

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cation. Cotta is a notable exception to this, which may be simply explained by the fact that his text is less technical in its vocabulary than many, containing relatively little by way of pathology, anatomy, recipes, and other specialist matter, since he did not require such things in his text except incidentally and anecdotally.


TABLE 6.9. Percentage of absolute first citations among antedatings
Author a 1 cit. Total %
Bailey 15 43 34.9
Baker 86 133 64.7
Banister 334 687 48.6
Barrough 349 587 59.5
Bostocke 117 185 63.2
Clever 168 382 44.0
Cotta 64 239 26.8
Hester 44 74 59.5
Hill 13 27 48.1
Langton, IP 34 60 56.7
Langton, VBT 29 65 44.6
More 22 53 41.5
Plutarch 9 24 37.5
TOTALS 1,284 2,559 50.2

The potential of new data to reveal something of the work to be done on the OED is therefore great, especially in the case of antedatings. The problem is to amass sufficient numbers to be of real use, and to find ways of interpreting the data to best advantage. The new data considered here has revealed at least some of the possibilities. To reach a better understanding of these phenomena, however, it is necessary to consider the history of the OED project, some policies and attitudes as they affected the work, and the practices of those volunteers assisting the work.


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Collected from Notes and Queries and other sources in Bailey ( 1978), in which about 4,400 items were collected from publications since the first appearance of the OED. Schöfer ( 1989?) has since published a further 5,000 plus, and other scholars continue to notify new data from time to time.

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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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