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Jamieson's Dictionary of ScotsThe Story of the First Historical Dictionary of the Scots Language$
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Susan Rennie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199639403

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639403.001.0001

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The Dictionary takes shape

The Dictionary takes shape

(p.60) 3 The Dictionary takes shape
Jamieson's Dictionary of Scots

Susan Rennie

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces Jamieson’s progress on the Dictionary, from the early compilation in Forfar in the 1780s to the later period in Edinburgh, showing how his initial study of local dialect merged with his concurrent research on Older Scots until the Dictionary began to take shape. It describes Jamieson’s efforts to gather source material for the Dictionary, and discusses the impact which new interest in Older Scots literature had on his compilation.The chapter includes an analysis of two important manuscript sources: Jamieson’s early notes on Pinkerton’s glossary (1786) and the annotations in his copy of Ruddiman (1710), which provide evidence of the early stages of Dictionary compilation.

Keywords:   local dialect, Forfar, Edinburgh, John Pinkerton, Grimur Thorkelin, Thomas Ruddiman, compilation

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