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Nineteenth Century Reactions to the O.E.D. : An Annotated Bibliography

Nineteenth Century Reactions to the O.E.D. : An Annotated Bibliography Leslie Bivens cal commentary on the plans and early fascicles of the New English Dictionary that appeared from 1859 trough 1900. Though the reactions to the dictionary of the Philological Society were mainly favorable, it is evident that the classic prescriptivist-descriptivist battles raged. Other items of interest include J. P. Owen's defense of Cambridge and not Oxford as the birth place of the term cram and Walter W. Skeat's two poems dedicated to J. A. H. Murray. This bibliography is not exhaustive, but I hoped that the varied reactions to the work eventually re-titled as the Oxford Engltih Dictionary will be of value and interest to those in the field of lexicography. "Dr. Trench on English Dictionaries." Edinburgh Review, April 1859, pp. 365-86. The reviewer responds to R. C. Trench's On Some Deficiencies in Our English Dictionaries and to the Proposal for the Publication of a New English Dictionary of the Philological Society. The article agrees with Trench's contention that there is a need for an English dictionary but disagrees with the Philological Society's descriptivist approach as contained in the Proposal. The article concludes with the author's doubts about the feasibility of the Philological Society completing its project. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America Dictionary Society of North America

Nineteenth Century Reactions to the O.E.D. : An Annotated Bibliography

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Leslie Bivens cal commentary on the plans and early fascicles of the New English Dictionary that appeared from 1859 trough 1900. Though the reactions to the dictionary of the Philological Society were mainly favorable, it is evident that the classic prescriptivist-descriptivist battles raged. Other items of interest include J. P. Owen's defense of Cambridge and not Oxford as the birth place of the term cram and Walter W. Skeat's two poems dedicated to J. A. H. Murray. This bibliography is not exhaustive, but I hoped that the varied reactions to the work eventually re-titled as the Oxford Engltih Dictionary will be of value and interest to those in the field of lexicography. "Dr. Trench on English Dictionaries." Edinburgh Review, April 1859, pp. 365-86. The reviewer responds to R. C. Trench's On Some Deficiencies in Our English Dictionaries and to the Proposal for the Publication of a New English Dictionary of the Philological Society. The article agrees with Trench's contention that there is a need for an English dictionary but disagrees with the Philological Society's descriptivist approach as contained in the Proposal. The article concludes with the author's doubts about the feasibility of the Philological Society completing its project.

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Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North AmericaDictionary Society of North America

Published: Apr 4, 1980

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