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<i>DOST</i> and <i>MED</i> and the Virtues of Sibling Rivalry

Paul Schaffner

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622818.003.0010
DOST and MED and the Virtues of Sibling Rivalry

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The Middle English Dictionary (MED) and the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) were not only siblings but virtual twins, both born of Craigie's vision, first publicly enunciated in 1919, of a series of period and regional dictionaries springing from and advancing work done in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Both MED and DOST departed in many ways from the OED model. This chapter discusses the most important ways in which they departed, including spelling, etymology, illustration, definition, and relation to English.

Keywords: Middle English Dictionary; Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue; Oxford English Dictionary

Chapter.  6600 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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