Words of the World: A Global History of the Oxford English Dictionary

Words of the World: A Global History of the Oxford English Dictionary

by Sarah Ogilvie

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ISBN-13: 9781107605695
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sarah Ogilvie is Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, Reader in Linguistics at the Australian National University and Chief Editor of Oxford Dictionaries, Australia. Prior to that she was Alice Tong Sze Research Fellow at Cambridge University. She has a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Oxford and worked for many years as an editor on the Oxford English Dictionary in England and the Macquarie and Oxford dictionaries in Australia.

Table of Contents

1. Entering the OED; 2. A global dictionary from the beginning; 3. James Murray and words of the world; 4. James Murray and the Stanford Dictionary controversy; 5. William Craigie, Charles Onions, and the mysterious case of the vanishing tramlines; 6. Robert Burchfield and words of the world in the OED Supplements; 7. Conclusion.

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“A penetrating and brilliantly conceived work that decisively refutes the assumption that Victorian prejudice disposed the original editors of the OED to neglect foreign loanwords and non-British English. Ogilvie writes with a refreshingly brisk intelligence.” —Sidney Landau, author of Dictionaries: the Art and Craft of Lexicography

“Sarah Ogilvie, by forensically examining the OED text, demonstrates convincingly that, as envisaged by James Murray, it was a truly international enterprise, in both its contributors and the World Englishes represented.” —Howard Jackson, Emeritus Professor of English Language & Linguistics, Birmingham City University

“Sarah Ogilvie brings a unique conjunction of abilities to this book: deep practical knowledge of OED and its archives, powerful analytical skills, and personal warmth and flair as a storyteller.” —John Considine, University of Alberta

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Words of the World: A Global History of the Oxford English Dictionary 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliant history of the OED written by an actually editor. Fascinating insights into the men and women who created the dictionary and the ways they treated foreign words and words from varieties of English spoken around the world. Very scholarly, and challenging in parts, but beautifully written. Perfect for anyone interested in the history of English and the making of dictionaries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, worth the investment.