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Friday, November 03, 2006

Lexicons of Early Modern English

Am I the last one to arrive at the party? I only just discovered this amazing site, LEME: Lexicons of Early Modern English:
Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) is a historical database of monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, lexical encyclopedias, hard-word glossaries, spelling lists, and lexically-valuable treatises surviving in print or manuscript from the Tudor, Stuart, Caroline, Commonwealth, and Restoration periods.
It's an incredible site, beautifully put together and easy to use.

Update: The word sycophronian is not in the lexicons, so the question remains.

  • At 11/04/2006 04:34:00 AM, Anonymous sharon wrote…

    Wow. Thanks for the link!

     

  • At 11/04/2006 02:12:00 PM, Blogger Flavia wrote…

    If you were the last one to arrive at the party, H., then I wasn't even invited.

    What a great resource!

     

  • At 11/05/2006 11:07:00 AM, Blogger bdh wrote…

    *cough* I keep a fairly up-to-date list of useful resources on my blog. Clearly neither of you make up the four people I suspect read my blog... ; )

     

  • At 11/07/2006 12:36:00 PM, Blogger muse wrote…

    Most lexica don't really include neo-latinate inkhorn terms like sycophronian, I'm afraid. Same goes even for Cawdrey's Table Alphabetical and Cockerham's "Interpreter of Hard English Words," despite such terms being hard English words, they're not "English" enough, apparently. I guess there's a reason they're regurgitated in Poetaster. Where's an early modern dictionary of neologisms when you need it?

     


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