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Treasure-house of the Language

The Living OED
Brewer, Charlotte (Book - 2007 )
Treasure-house of the Language
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The legendary Oxford English Dictionary today contains over 600,000 words and a staggering 2,500,000 quotations to illuminate the meaning and history of those words. A glorious, bursting treasure-house, the OED serves as a guardian of the literary jewels of the past, a testament to the richness of the English language today, and a guarantor of future understanding of the language. In this book, Charlotte Brewer begins her account of the OED at the point where others have stopped#151;the publication of the final installment of the first edition in 1928#151;and carries it through to the metamorphosis of the dictionary into a twenty-first-century electronic medium. nbsp; Brewer describes the difficulties of keeping the OED up to date over time and recounts the recurring debates over finances, treatment of contentious words, public vs. scholarly expectations, proper sources of quotations, and changing editorial practices. With humor and empathy, she portrays the predilections and personalities of the editors, publishers, and assistants who undertook the Sisyphean task of keeping apace with the modern explosion of vocabulary. Utilizing rich archives in Oxford as well as new electronic resources, the author uncovers a history no less complex and fascinating than the Oxford English Dictionary itself. nbsp;
Authors: Brewer, Charlotte, 1956-
Title: Treasure-house of the language
the living OED
Published: New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale University Press, c2007.
Characteristics: xiv, 334 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Contents: Press and dictionary in 1928
'Beating the track of the alphabet' : work on the first supplement
After the OED
Treasure-house of the language : role and function of the OED
Supplementation or revision?
Burchfield's supplement (1) : producing a dictionary
Burchfield's supplement (2) : editorial policies and practice
The 'New Oxford English dictionary project'.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 9780300124293
0300124295
Branch Call Number: 423 BRE
Statement of Responsibility: Charlotte Brewer
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [302]-314) and indexes.
Subject Headings: Oxford English dictionary. Encyclopedias and dictionaries History and criticism. English language Lexicography. English language Etymology.
Topical Term: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
English language
English language
LCCN: 2007011034
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