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The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Peter Gilliver


This book tells the history of the Oxford English Dictionary from its beginnings in the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. It explores the cultural background from which the idea of a comprehensive historical dictionary emerged as a new concept in the lexicography of English, and traces the process of bringing this concept to fruition, from the first attempts to collect quotation evidence in the 1850s, under the auspices of the Philological Society of London, through the engagement of Oxford University Press as the Dictionary’s publisher, the appearance of the first printed fasci ... More

Keywords: Oxford English Dictionary, OED, history, lexicography, lexicographers, dictionary, Philological Society, Oxford University Press, publishing, words

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199283620
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283620.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Gilliver, author
Associate Editor, Oxford English Dictionary