OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

ISBN : 9780198826163

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¥3,652
Author: 
Peter Gilliver
Pages
656 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jul 2018

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This book tells the history of the Oxford English Dictionary from its beginnings in the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. Drawing extensively on archival and other sources, it traces the conception of the idea of the Dictionary in the 1850s right up to the launching of the Dictionary as an online database in 2000 and beyond.

Index: 

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of illustrations
List of capsules
1 Beginnings: to 1861
2 Furnivall's Dictionary: 1861-1875
Interlude. The work of Furnivall's sub-editors
3 Manoeuvres: 1876-1879
4 The road to Ant: 1879-1884
5 The Dictionary divides: 1884-1887
6 Storm and stress: 1888-1897
Interlude. Method: From quotation slip to published entry
7 And then there were four: 1987-1915
8 After twilight: 1915-1923
9 Limping over the finishing line: 1923-1933
10 Interregnum: 1933-1957
11 Learning to swim (again): 1957-1972
12 Second Supplement to Second Edition: 1972-1989
13 Towards OED3: 1989-
Guide to abbreviations and sources
Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

Peter Gilliver has been an editor of the Oxford English Dictionary since 1987, and is now one of the Dictionary's most experienced lexicographers; he has also contributed to several other dictionaries published by OUP. In addition to his lexicographical work, he has been writing and speaking about the history of the OED for over fifteen years.

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