<i>DOST</i> and the Literary Scholar

Priscilla Bawcutt

in Perspectives on the Older Scottish Tongue

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622818
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653362 | DOI:
DOST and the Literary Scholar

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This chapter describes the ways in which the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) has assisted one scholar, and may, in turn, help others. DOST is obviously valuable to all readers who encounter obsolete or archaic words in older Scottish texts. But for readers with literary interests, DOST provides far more than the elucidation of unusual spellings or the explanation of ‘hard’ words. It supplies a wealth of information about the connotations of Scots words and phrases, and also about the registers to which they belong. It achieves this in two ways. First by providing explicit guidance as to usage with terse comments such as ‘fig’, ‘proverb’, ‘only in verse’, or ‘chiefly allit’. Second by providing copious illustrations of such usage in the form of quotations.

Keywords: Older Scots language; Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue; DOST; Scots words; registers

Chapter.  5387 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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