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Thursday, 31 January 2013
What does the OED tell us about the English language?
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Examining the OED sets out to investigate the principles and practice behind the Oxford English Dictionary, an extraordinary achievement of scholarship and labour and the greatest dictionary of English ever compiled. Click here to buy it on AmazonThe project is wholly independent of the OED itself, and seeks to provide scholarly commentary on and analysis of OED's methodology and practice.

Its main aim is to explore and analyse OED's quotations and quotation sources, so as to illuminate the foundations of the dictionary's representation of the English language.

See About the project for more information, and the site map for a conspectus of the material put up so far.

Current website: you are now viewing a version of the website dating largely from January 2012. Research and publication on the Examining the OED project continues and work is underway on the launch of a new website.

The background to the project is explained in
(Yale University Press, 2007), a history of the OED
in the 20th century. Click here to buy it on Amazon.
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