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The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary$
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Peter Gilliver

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199283620

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283620.001.0001

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Second Supplement to Second Edition: 1972–1989

Second Supplement to Second Edition: 1972–1989

(p.493) 12 Second Supplement to Second Edition: 1972–1989
The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Peter Gilliver

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the progress of the OED project through the remaining years of the preparation of the revised Supplement and the conception and implementation of the idea of converting the Dictionary into electronic form, as a preliminary step to its revision, with the publication of the second edition of the Dictionary (OED2) in 1989 as an important by-product. During this period Oxford Dictionaries came to carry out an ever-increasing range of lexicographical activities, and Robert Burchfield’s staff—and the Supplement being compiled by him and his colleagues—continued to expand. The development of the ‘New OED’ project, as initially conceived by Richard Charkin, is traced, leading to the digitization of the OED and Supplement and the creation from this raw material of OED2, under the joint editorship of Edmund Weiner and John Simpson. Another pioneering technological venture described here is the publication of the Dictionary on CD-ROM.

Keywords:   Supplement, Oxford Dictionaries, New OED, OED2, Robert Burchfield, Edmund Weiner, John Simpson, Richard Charkin, CD-ROM

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