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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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Inside the Dictionary

Inside the Dictionary

(p.113) 5 Inside the Dictionary
Jamieson's Dictionary of Scots

Susan Rennie

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the contents of the Dictionary, including the Preface and Dissertation on the Origin of Scots. In particular, it emphasizes Jamieson’s innovations: his decision to trace the earliest use of each word and sense, his inclusion of detailed textual references, and his use of specialist consultants for scientific entries. It also analyses the range of authorities quoted in the Dictionary, from Older Scots manuscripts to contemporary poetry and local newspapers, and the important inclusion of spoken and dialect usage. The chapter concludes by discussing the contemporary critical response to the Dictionary, comparing the major reviews in Edinburgh and London periodicals.

Keywords:   textual references, consultants, scientific entries, Older Scots, poetry, newspapers, spoken usage, dialect usage

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