Chapter 7

Julie Coleman

Part I, Section on Evidence
7. Using dictionaries and thesauruses as evidence
Description: links relating to the chapter

Investigating the principles and practice behind the Oxford English Dictionary: Brewer, Charlotte. 2005–– Examining the OED. Last modified 17 October 2011.

The Old English complement to the Middle English Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary:
DiPaolo Healey, Antonette, ed. 1986–. The Dictionary of Old English: A–G. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies.  Last modified 17 October 2011.

Samuel Johnson, on writing his Dictionary of the English Language:
Johnson, Samuel. 1747. The Plan of an English Dictionary. Accessed 8 December 2011.

Samuel Johnson’s preface to his Dictionary of the English Language:
——  1755. A Dictionary of the English Language. Accessed 8 December 2011.

The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, diachronically presenting the vocabulary of English in detailed semantic categories:
Kay, Christian, Jane Roberts, Michael Samuels, and Irené Wotherspoon. 2009. Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary:
Kurath, Hans, Sherman M. Kuhn, and Robert E. Lewis. 1952–2001. Middle English Dictionary. Last modified 18 December 2001. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

An article concerning a corpus of digitized books and “culturomics”:
Michel, Jean-Baptiste, Yuan Kui Shen, Aviva P. Aiden, Adrian Veres, Matthew K. Gray, The Google Books Team, Joseph P. Pickett, Dale Hoiberg, Dan Clancy, Peter Norvig, Jon Orwant, Steven Pinker, Martin A. Nowak, Erez Lieberman Aiden. 2010. ‘Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books’. Science. Advance publication online:

The Oxford English Dictionary Online:
OED3 = Simpson, J. A. and E. S. C. Weiner, eds. 2000–. OED Online, 3rd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

User-written online dictionary:
Urban Dictionary. 1999–2011. Accessed 8 December 2011.

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