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The subjectivity of dictionary readers: the case of the OED

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Presented at Editors, Collaborators, and Reaers: the OED session
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From the earliest days of the OED, members of the public have read texts and sent quotations to the editors. These quotations formed the foundation of each dictionary entry, showing how, when, and where a word was used over time. In 1879, James Murray provided guidelines for these readers, but the choice of word and citation rested with the readers, not the editors. This process was far from straight forward, especially for vocabulary considered marginal, such as slang or foreign words. Using...

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Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge
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2011-02-16

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