Chapter

After Jamieson

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/9780199639403.003.0007
After Jamieson

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The final chapter discusses the various posthumous editions of the Dictionary, including the abridgements which made Jamieson’s work more widely available. It explains how Jamieson dominated Scots lexicography in the nineteenth century, and describes the proliferation of both official and plagiarized versions of his work. The conclusion discusses Jamieson’s legacy, showing how the Dictionary fed into the major historical dictionaries of English and Scots, and considers his reputation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including his impact on writers in Scots. It also suggests possibilities for future research and discusses the continuing relevance of Jamieson’s work for historical linguists and lexicographers.

Keywords: posthumous editions; abridgements; plagiarization; Scots lexicography

Chapter.  8780 words. 

Subjects: Lexicography

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