Thoughts on Writing a History of the Oxford English Dictionary

  title={Thoughts on Writing a History of the Oxford English Dictionary},
  author={Peter Gilliver},
  journal={Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America},
  pages={175 - 183}
  • Peter Gilliver
  • Published 6 January 2014
  • Linguistics, History
  • Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America
I have now been researching the history of the Oxford English Dictionary for a little over a decade, at the same time as continuing to work as a member of the team of lexicographers preparing the third edition of the Dictionary. My article considers some of the challenges, frustrations, and compensations of researching and writing about the development of the project from its origins in the mid nineteenth century to the present day, and reflects on what it means to be both a lexicographical… 

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