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Poetry & the Dictionary$
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Andrew Blades and Piers Pennington

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620566

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620566.001.0001

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Poetry in the Oxford English Dictionary: A Quantitative Profile

Poetry in the Oxford English Dictionary: A Quantitative Profile

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(p.57) Chapter Three Poetry in the Oxford English Dictionary: A Quantitative Profile
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Poetry & the Dictionary
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David-Antoine Williams

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620566.003.0003

This chapter analyses the background data of various editions of the Oxford English Dictionary in order to give a quantitative profile of the contribution of English poetry to the composition of the OED. In so doing, I attempt to disentangle as best as possible the three forces that shaped this relationship: the development of the English language, English textual production and its culture(s), and the practice of Oxford’s lexicographers.

Keywords:   Oxford English Dictionary, Digital Humanities, Lexicography, Lexicology, Poetry

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