Chapter

Inside the <i>Dictionary</i>

Susan Rennie

in Jamieson's Dictionary of Scots

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639403
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741920 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639403.003.0005
Inside the Dictionary

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This chapter examines the contents of the Dictionary, including the Preface and Dissertation on the Origin of Scots. In particular, it emphasizes Jamieson’s innovations: his decision to trace the earliest use of each word and sense, his inclusion of detailed textual references, and his use of specialist consultants for scientific entries. It also analyses the range of authorities quoted in the Dictionary, from Older Scots manuscripts to contemporary poetry and local newspapers, and the important inclusion of spoken and dialect usage. The chapter concludes by discussing the contemporary critical response to the Dictionary, comparing the major reviews in Edinburgh and London periodicals.

Keywords: textual references; consultants; scientific entries; Older Scots; poetry; newspapers; spoken usage; dialect usage

Chapter.  19227 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Lexicography

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