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Hardback 4448 pp.
189 mm x 246 mm

ISBN-10:
0199208999

ISBN-13:
9780199208999

Publication date:
October 2009

Imprint: OUP UK

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Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

With additional material from A Thesaurus of Old English

Edited by Christian Kay, Jane Roberts, Michael Samuels and Irene Wotherspoon

The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is the first historical thesaurus to be compiled for any of the world's languages, and includes almost the entire vocabulary of English from Old English to the present day. Conceived and compiled by the English Language Department of the University of Glasgow, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is a groundbreaking analysis of the historical inventory of English.

The thesaurus organization follows a thematic system of classification, with entries arranged in a semantic hierarchy according to their meanings rather than listed alphabetically. This means that, for example, all the verbs meaning 'to eat', and other words connected with eating, can be viewed together. The Historical Thesaurus also has a unique historical component, and is linked directly to the senses and the dating of words in the OED. For each individual entry synonyms are presented in chronological order according to the first recorded date of the word's use in English, with earliest synonyms first. The Historical Thesaurus thereby lists obsolete words, and obsolete meanings of current words as well as offering a comprehensive treatment of current English.

The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is a unique resource for scholars of all types - linguists and language specialists, historians, literary commentators, etc. - as well as being a fascinating resource for everyone with an interest in the English language and its historical development. It is a perfect complement to the OED itself, allowing the words in the OED to be cross-referenced and viewed in wholly new ways. The text is made up of two main parts: the main text, comprising numbered sections for semantic categories, and the index, comprising a full A-Z look up of nearly one million lexical items. There is also an introductory essay and a full list of the semantic hierarchy.

The Historical Thesaurus includes almost every word in English from Old English to the present day, drawing on the Oxford English Dictionary, and supplemented by the following specialist dictionaries of Old English:

Jane Roberts and Christian Kay with Lynne Grundy, A Thesaurus of Old English, King's College London Medieval Studies XI, 1995, 2 vols., xxxv + 1555. Second edition, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000. Online version 2005

Bosworth, Joseph, 1868. A Compendious Anglo-Saxon and English Dictionary. London: J. R. Smith.

Bosworth, Joseph & T. Northcote Toller, eds. 1898. An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary. London: Oxford University Press; T. Northcote Toller, ed. 1921. An Anglo- Saxon Dictionary: Supplement. London: Oxford University Press; Alistair Campbell, ed. 1972. An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary: Enlarged Addenda and Corrigenda. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Clark Hall, John R. 1960. A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, 4th edn with a supplement by Herbert D. Meritt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dictionary of Old English. Antonette DiPaolo Healey & Richard L. Venezky, ed. A Microfiche Concordance to Old English. Toronto, 1980; Richard L. Venezky & Sharon Butler, ed. A Microfiche Concordance to Old English: The High Frequency Words. Toronto, 1985. The five letters then edited by the Dictionary of Old English team were also consulted: Fasc. D, 1986; Fasc C, 1988; Fasc. B, 1991; Fasc. Æ, 1992; Fasc. Beon, 1992; Fasc. A, 1994.

Readership : Linguists, philologists, and language specialists, language commentators, historians, and all those with an interest in the history and development of the English language.

Contents
List of Staff/Contributors
List of funding bodies
Preface
The History of the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
Guide to the use of the Thesaurus
Abbreviations used in the Thesaurus
Bibliography
Main text
Index

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Professor Christian Kay is at the University of Glasgow. Professor Jane Roberts is at the University of London. Professor Michael Samuels was formerly at the University of Glasgow. Irené Wotherspoon was formerly at the University of Glasgow.

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Special Features

  • A unique thesaurus resource - the very first historical thesaurus to be compiled for any of the world's languages.
  • The largest thesaurus resource in the world, covering more than 920,000 words and meanings from Old English to the present day based on the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • Synonyms listed with dates of first recorded use in English, in chronological order, with earliest synonyms first.
  • Uses a thematic system of classification, with synonyms and related words forming part of a detailed semantic hierarchy.
  • Comprehensive index enables complete cross-referencing of nearly one million words and meanings.
  • Contains a comprehensive sense inventory of Old English.