The Revolution of English Lexicography

  title={The Revolution of English Lexicography},
  author={J. A. Simpson},
  journal={Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America},
  pages={1 - 15}
  • J. Simpson
  • Published 4 April 2012
  • Linguistics, History
  • Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America
ine hundred years ago, on 22 June 1900, the Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), James Murray, made his way to the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford to deliver the annual Romanes Lecture. His subject was The Evolution ofEnglish Lexicography, and he was giving the lecture at a time when, after sixteen years, publication of the OED had reached the letter/. During his talk, he reviewed the progress of English lexicography since the earliest Anglo-Saxon glossaries. He detailed the emergence of… 
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