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More female sources
OED3's treatment of some more OED2 female sources

More female sources

(Over revised alphabet range M-overzealousness; data collected June 2005.)

Since it's not possible to search by gender of quoted source, one simply has to think of an author and look for her in the quotations. Here are some random results.

Relative increases in quotation rate from an individual source are not always immediately explicable. There are now many more quotations from Woolf: what does her vocabulary tell us about the English language (see further Fowler 2002)? The Book of Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich's Revelations are the only female authored texts surviving from the Middle English period. They were not quoted from in OED2: should there be more quotations from them now? (NB in both cases their oeuvre is small.)

For more on OED's representation of works written by women, see Baigent, Brewer and Larminie 2005.
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