Jamiesons Dictionary of Scots: The Story of the First Historical Dictionary of the Scots Language

Hardcover | June 7, 2012

bySusan Rennie

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This is the first full account of the making of John Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language. The dictionary was published in two volumes in 1808, with a two-volume Supplement following in 1825. Lists of Scots words had been compiled before, but Jamieson's was the firstcomplete dictionary of the language. It was a landmark in the development of historical lexicography and was an inspiration for later lexicographers, including Sir James Murray, founding editor of the OED. Susan Rennie's account of Jamieson's work and the methods he developed interweaves biography, lexicography, and linguistic, social, and book history to present a rounded account of the man, his work, and his times. It is the first study to draw on Jamieson's correspondence and the survivingmanuscript materials for the Dictionary and Supplement to reveal Jamieson's working methods and the important contributions made by Sir Walter Scott and others to his work.

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This is the first full account of the making of John Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language. The dictionary was published in two volumes in 1808, with a two-volume Supplement following in 1825. Lists of Scots words had been compiled before, but Jamieson's was the firstcomplete dictionary of the language. It was a l...

Susan Rennie is a lexicographer and author. A former Senior Editor with Scottish Language Dictionaries, she edited and managed the online Dictionary of the Scots Language at the University of Dundee in 2001-4. Her books include The Oxford English Thesaurus for Schools, and several Scots-language books for children, including the award-...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:June 7, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019963940X

ISBN - 13:9780199639403

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Table of Contents

1. 'A man of Letters'2. Models and Rivals3. The Dictionary Takes Shape4. 'The Pulse of the Public': promotion and publication5. Inside the Dictionary6. Revision and Collaboration: the Abridgement and Supplement7. After JamiesonAppendixBibliographyIndex