Law and Lexicography: <i>DOST</i> and Late Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Shipping Law

A. D. M. Forte

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:
Law and Lexicography: DOST and Late Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Shipping Law

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This chapter considers the value of the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) from a lawyer's perspective. To assess the significance of DOST, however, requires one to understand the role of dictionaries generally in the interpretation of legal language. From this exercise, it becomes apparent that the lexicographer's conception of the significance of the dictionary is not one necessarily shared by the modern lawyer. But the value of dictionaries to the contemporary lawyer may, in turn, be contrasted with their usefulness to the legal historian. The chapter has three main goals. The first is to provide lexicographers with a perspective of how their work is treated by lawyers. The second is to demonstrate the significance of the DOST to the work of the legal historian. The third is to offer an interpretation of a few terms which are no defined in its volumes.

Keywords: Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue; lawyers; legal language; lexicographer

Chapter.  5866 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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