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Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary: With Additional Material from a Thesaurus of Old English

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"A thesaurus can extract that word that's on the tip of your tongue but can't quite reach your lips. It reacquaints you with words you've forgotten and presents ones you don't know. It suggests relationships but usually doesn't spell them out — like a hostess who invites you to a party of well-connected guests where you're expected to circulate and make your own introductions. In our hyper-searchable world, in which shelf browsing and even book skimming are on the wane, the thesaurus reminds us that precision isn't always a matter of predestined calibration. It can still be an informed choice." Sarah L. Courteau, The Wilson Quarterly (Read the entire Wilson Quarterly review)

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A 40-year project in the making, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is the first historical thesaurus to include almost the entire vocabulary of English, from Old English to the present day. Conceived and compiled by the Department of English Language of the University of Glasgow, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is a groundbreaking analysis of the historical inventory of English, allowing users to find words connected in meaning throughout the history of the language.

  • The largest thesaurus resource in the world, covering more than 920,000 words and meanings, based on the Oxford English Dictionary
  • The very first historical thesaurus to be compiled for any of the world's languages
  • Synonyms listed with dates of first recorded use in English, in chronological order, with earliest synonyms first
  • For obsolete words, the Thesaurus also includes last recorded use of word
  • Uses a specially devised thematic system of classification
  • Comprehensive index enables complete cross-referencing of nearly one million words and meanings
  • Contains a comprehensive sense inventory of Old English
  • Includes a free fold-out color chart which shows the top levels of the classification structure
  • Made up of two volumes: The main text, comprising numbers sections for semantic categories, and the index, comprising a full A-Z look up of nearly one million lexical items

The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is a unique resource for word-lovers of all types-linguists and language specialists, historians, literary commentators, among others-as well as being a fascinating resource for everyone with an interest in the English language and its historical development. It is a perfect complement to the OED itself, allowing the words in the OED to be cross-referenced and viewed in wholly new ways.

Synopsis:

A 40-year project in the making, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is the first historical thesaurus to include almost the entire vocabulary of English, from Old English to the present day. Conceived and compiled by the Department of English Language of the University of Glasgow, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is a groundbreaking analysis of the historical inventory of English, allowing users to find words connected in meaning throughout the history of the language.

The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is a unique resource for word-lovers of all types-linguists and language specialists, historians, literary commentators, among others-as well as being a fascinating resource for everyone with an interest in the English language and its historical development. It is a perfect complement to the OED itself, allowing the words in the OED to be cross-referenced and viewed in wholly new ways.

About the Author

Professor Christian Kay, MA, AM, DipGenLing

Professor Jane Roberts, MA, DPhil, DLitt

Professor Michael Samuels, MA, DLitt, FRSE

Irené Wotherspoon, MA, MLitt

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199208999
Author:
Kay, Christian
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Roberts, Jane
Editor:
Samuels, Michael
Author:
Irené Wotherspoon
Author:
Samuels, Michael
Author:
null, Christian
Author:
null, Michael
Author:
Roberts, Jane
Author:
null, Jane
Author:
Wotherspoon, Iren?
Author:
Iren Wotherspoon
Author:
null, Irene
Author:
Wotherspoon, Iren�
Subject:
Thesauri
Subject:
Dictionaries - General
Subject:
English language -- Synonyms and antonyms.
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Reference - Thesauri
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
3952
Dimensions:
9.8 x 12.3 x 6.3 in 15.46 lb

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"Review A Day" by , "A thesaurus can extract that word that's on the tip of your tongue but can't quite reach your lips. It reacquaints you with words you've forgotten and presents ones you don't know. It suggests relationships but usually doesn't spell them out — like a hostess who invites you to a party of well-connected guests where you're expected to circulate and make your own introductions. In our hyper-searchable world, in which shelf browsing and even book skimming are on the wane, the thesaurus reminds us that precision isn't always a matter of predestined calibration. It can still be an informed choice." (Read the entire Wilson Quarterly review)
"Synopsis" by , A 40-year project in the making, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is the first historical thesaurus to include almost the entire vocabulary of English, from Old English to the present day. Conceived and compiled by the Department of English Language of the University of Glasgow, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is a groundbreaking analysis of the historical inventory of English, allowing users to find words connected in meaning throughout the history of the language.

The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is a unique resource for word-lovers of all types-linguists and language specialists, historians, literary commentators, among others-as well as being a fascinating resource for everyone with an interest in the English language and its historical development. It is a perfect complement to the OED itself, allowing the words in the OED to be cross-referenced and viewed in wholly new ways.

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