JOHN ALGEO The Dictionary of American English was prepared by a Briton, Sir William Craigie. It seems only fitting that Americans should return the favor, at least in some small way, by producing a dictionary for British English. These remarks describe a project underway to do just that. The participants in the project are Allen Walker Read, Emeritus of Columbia University, and John Algeo. This essay briefly characterizes the scope and aim of the project, its history and present status, and some problems in connection with its implementation; it ends with a few remarks about how this dictionary will be distinctive and what uses can be anticipated for it.1 Scope and Aim Craigie's Dictionary ofAmerican English than like Mitford M. Mathews's Dictionary of Americanisms. As a short working title, we are now calling the project A Dictionary of Briticisms, although it has gone by a variety of titles in earlier reports, First, the project Read and I envision has a range less like including A Dictionary of the English of England, which Read used in his MLA paper of 1968, published in this issue of Dictionaries (149-63). the difficulties in its subject. The title A Dictionary of the
Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America – Dictionary Society of North America
Published: Apr 4, 1987
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