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  • Baigent, Elizabeth, Charlotte Brewer, and Vivienne Larminie, 2005. 'Women and the Archive: The Representation of Gender in the Dictionary of National Biography and the Oxford English Dictionary', Archives (Journal of the British Records Association), 30, 13-35. Click here for a preprint version
  • Bailey, Richard W., 2000a. 'The OED and the Public', in Mugglestone 2000a, 253-84
  • —— 2000b. 'The Reputation of the OED', in Mugglestone 2000a, 207-27
  • Baldwin, Stanley, 1928. 'The Oxford English Dictionary, 1884-1928'. Oxford: Clarendon Press. An address delivered in Goldsmiths' Hall, 6 June 1928 by the Rt. Hon. Stanley Baldwin. Click here for photographic reproduction in our Historical documents section
  • Brewer, Charlotte, 1993. 'The Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary', Review of English Studies, n.s. 44, 313-42. Click here for author's version
  • —— 2000. 'OED Sources', in Mugglestone 2000a, pp. 40-58
  • —— 2004. 'The Electronification of the Oxford English Dictionary', Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America, 25, 1-43. Click here for a postprint version posted with permission of the publisher (you will need to rotate the image using the appropriate icon on the Adobe toolbar in order to read the article comfortably)
  • —— 2005. 'Authority and Personality: Usage Labels in the Oxford English Dictionary', Transactions of the Philological Society, 103, 261-301. Click on the links for a preprint version (with accompanying table)
  • —— 2006. 'Eighteenth-Century Quotation Searches in the Oxford English Dictionary', in Selected Proceedings of the 2005 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX), ed. R. W. McConchie and others. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project, 41-50; available at http://www.lingref.com/cpp/hel-lex/2005/abstract1345.html [accessed 24 March 2006]
  • —— 2007a. 'Reporting Eighteenth-Century Vocabulary in the Oxford English Dictionary', in Words and Dictionaries from the British Isles in Historical Perspective, ed. John Considine and Giovanni Iammartino. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 109-35. Available here; accompanying appendix available here
  • —— 2007b. Treasure-House of the Language: The Living OED. London and New Haven: Yale University Press 
  • —— 2007c. 'Pronouncing the P: Prescription or Description in English 19th- and 20th-Century Dictionaries?', Historiographia Linguistica 34, 257-80
  • —— 2008a. 'Johnson, Webster, and the Oxford English Dictionary', in Blackwell Companion to the History of the English Language, ed. H. Momma and M. Matto. Oxford: Blackwell, 113-121
  • —— 2008b. 'The Oxford English Dictionary Supplements', Oxford History ofLexicography, vol 1, ed. A. Cowie. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 260-78
  • —— 2009b. 'The Oxford English Dictionary's Treatment of Female-Authored Sources of the Eighteenth Century', Current Issues in Late Modern English, ed. Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade and Wim wan der Wurff. Bern: Peter Lang. Pre-print version available here
  • —— 2009c. 'R. W. Burchfield', [biographical entry in] Lexicon Grammaticorum, ed. H. Stammerjohann. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter
  • —— 2009d. 'The OED as "Literary Instrument": Its Treatment Past and Present of the Vocabulary of Virginia Woolf', Notes & Queries, 56, 430-44. Available on Oxford Journals site here
  • —— 2010. 'The Use of Literary Quotations in the Oxford English Dictionary', The Review of English Studies, 61, 93-125. Available on Oxford Journals site here
  • —— 2010b. 'Prescriptivism and descriptivism in the first, second and third editions of OED', English Today 26 (2010), 24-33
  • —— 2011. "'Happy Copiousness? OED's Recording of Female Authors of the Eighteenth Century', The Review of English Studies (forthcoming). Available on Oxford Journals site here
  • —— 2012. 'Shakespeare, word-coining, and the OED', Shakespeare Survey Volume 64, forthcoming.
  • [Brodribb, C. W.], 1928. 'Our Dictionary', TLS, 19 April, 277-8
  • Coleman, Julie, and Sarah Ogilvie 2009. 'Forensic Dictionary Analysis: Principles and Practice', International Journal of Lexicography 22 (1): 1-22. Available on Oxford Journals site here  
  • Chardonnens, L. S., 1997. 'Familiarity Breeds Contempt: On the Use of well-known in OED', Notes and Queries, n.s. 44, 171-2
  • Coleridge, Derwent, 1860. 'Observations on the Plan of the Society's Proposed New English Dictionary', Transactions of the Philological Society, 152-68
  • Considine, John, 2009. 'Literary Classics in OED Quotation Evidence', The Review of English Studies 60: 620-38. Available on Oxford Journals site here
  • Hoffmann, Sebastian, 2004. 'Using the OED Quotations Database as a Corpus – a Linguistic Appraisal', ICAME Journal, 28, 17-30; available at http://helmer.aksis.uib.no/icame/ij28/hoffmann.pdf [accessed 12 April 2005]
  • Knowles, Elizabeth, 1990. 'Dr Minor and the English Dictionary', Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America, 12: 27-42
  • —— 2000. 'Making the OED: Readers and Editors. A Critical Survey', in Mugglestone 2000a, 22-39. Click here to download PDF (by permission of Oxford University Press)
  • Laski, Marghanita, 1968a. 'Reading for OED', TLS, 11 January, 37-9.
    —— 1968b. 'Words I-VII'. TLS, 1 February, 115; 7 March, 237; 11 April, 377; 30 May, 559; 1 August, 822; 5 September, 952; 31 October, 1232
    —— 1971. 'Words from The Times', TLS, 2 April, 403
  • McConchie, R. W., 1997. Lexicography and Physicke: The Record of Sixteenth-Century English Medical Terminology. Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • McMorris, Jenny, 2000. 'OED Sections and Parts', in Mugglestone 2000a, 228-31
  • Marsden, J. H., 1859. Review of Philological Society's ProposalEdinburgh Review, 109, 365-86
  • Mugglestone, Lynda, ed., 2000a. Lexicography and the 'Oxford English Dictionary': Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • —— 2000b. 'Labels Reconsidered: Objectivity and the OED', Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America, 21, 22-37
  • —— 2005. Lost for Words: The Hidden History of the 'Oxford English Dictionary'. New Haven and London: Yale University Press
  • —— 2007. '"Decent Reticence": Coarseness, Contraception, and the First Edition of the OED', Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America, 28, 1-22
  • —— 2007. '"The Indefinable Something'. Taboo and the English Dictionary', in Rude Britannia, ed. M. Gorji. London: Routledge, 22-32
  • —— forthcoming. 'The OED and the English Novel'. Forthcoming in L. Rodensky, ed., The Oxford Companion to the Victorian Novel. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • —— forthcoming. 'Patriotism, Empire and Cultural Prescriptivism. Images of Anglicity in the OED'. Multilingual Matters
  • —— Murray, K. M. Elisabeth, 1977. Caught in the Web of Words: James Murray and the 'Oxford English Dictionary'. New Haven and London: Yale University Press
  • Osborn, E. B., 1933. 'Our Noble English', TLS, 16 November, 781-2. Review of the 1933 re-issue of the OED
  • Ogilvie, S., 2008. 'Rethinking Burchfield and World Englishes'. International Journal of Lexicography 21 (1): 23-59. Available on Oxford Journals site here 
  • Osselton, Noel, 2000. 'Murray and his European Counterparts', in Mugglestone 2000a: 59-76
  • Raymond, D., 1987. Dispatches From the Front: The Prefaces to the Oxford English Dictionary. Waterloo, Ontario: UW Centre for the New Oxford English Dictionary, University of Waterloo
  • Reeve, Henry, 1889. Review of Encyclopædia Britannica, DNB, and N.E.D. Edinburgh Review, 169, 328-50
  • Schäfer, Jürgen, 1980. Documentation in the 'OED': Shakespeare and Nashe as Test Cases. Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • —— 1989. Early Modern English Lexicography. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • Silva, Penny, 2005. 'Johnson and the OED', International Journal of Lexicography, 18, 231-42; available at the IJL's website at http://tinyurl.com/9acjn [accessed 11 November 2005]
  • Stanley, E. G., 1990. 'The Oxford English Dictionary and Supplement: The Integrated Edition of 1989', Review of English Studies, n.s. 41, 76-88
  • Stein, Gabriele, 1983. Review of 3rd vol. of Burchfield's Supplement, Anglia, 101, 468-75
  • Taylor, Dennis, 1993. Hardy's Literary Language and Victorian Philology. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Tieken-Boon van Ostade, Ingrid, 1990. 'Betsy Sheridan and Fanny Burney in O.E.D.', Notes and Queries, n.s. 37, 412-14
  • Wexler, P. J., 1981. 'Supplementing the Supplement', Linguistica Computazionale, 7, 293-9
  • Wikipedia online encyclopedia entry on Oxford English Dictionary, URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_English_Dictionary [accessed 14 May 2007]. A well-informed and useful account of the Dictionary
  • Willinsky, John, 1994. Empire of Words: The Reign of the 'OED'. Princeton: Princeton University Press
  • Winchester, Simon, 1998. The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Love of Words. London: Viking
  • —— 2003. The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the 'Oxford English Dictionary'. Oxford: Oxford University Press
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