The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0522 Friday, 2 June 2006
From: Al Magary <
Date: Thursday, 01 Jun 2006 15:45:54 -0700
Subject: Lexicons of Early Modern English (1480-1702)
Announcement that should interest Shakespearians:
University of Toronto Press, in collaboration with Ian Lancashire and
the University of Toronto Library, is pleased to announce the launch of
Lexicons of Early Modern English at leme.library.utoronto.ca.
Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) gives scholars unprecedented
access to early books and manuscripts that document the English language
from the beginning of printing in England to 1702. With over 150
monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries and glossaries (in
which either source or target language is English), as well as
linguistic treatises, and encyclopedic or topical works, LEME provides
exciting opportunities for research in many fields: literature,
linguistics, law, medicine, science, and society. A half-million
word-entries devised by contemporary speakers of Early Modern English
describe the meaning of words, and their equivalents in languages such
as French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and other tongues
encountered then in Europe, America, and Asia.
There are two versions of LEME, public and licensed.
The public version, which will be available by July 1, 2006, serves
general readers and schools. It allows anyone, anywhere, to do simple
searches on the entire multilingual lexical database. Bibliographical
entries document all searchable texts. Search queries can be restricted
to one or more individual works in LEME, and up to one-hundred
word-entries in which a queried word occurs may be retrieved. Results of
searches may be held in a notepad for printing or e-mailing.
Context-sensitive help is available. Both versions of LEME have twice as
many word-entries as the Early Modern English Dictionaries Database
(EMEDD), which the public version of LEME is intended to replace.
The licensed version of LEME, already available, meets the advanced
research and teaching needs of colleges and universities. This version
is designed as a full-featured scholarly resource for original research
into the entire lexical content of Early Modern English. LEME
supplements the Oxford English Dictionary with new information about
word-forms, their senses, their membership in professional registers,
their chronological limits for usage, and their status (e.g., is this a
hard word, or a term in the mother tongue?). The licensed version also
offers advanced retrieval options, such as proximity and Boolean
queries, regular expressions, and restrictable searches by date, author,
title, subject, genre, language, and position in the word-entry. The
size of search contexts is adjustable. A full bibliographical index to
over 1,200 lexical works in the period may be searched by date, author,
title, subject, and genre. There is a biographical index. Three
browsable word-lists are provided: one to editorially lemmatized
headwords in word-entries, a second to word-forms in LEME's lexical
texts, and a third (available to EEBO/TCP subscribers) to 2.1 million
word-forms in over 14,000 texts in the period.
To set up a 2-month trial subscription, please contact Anne Marie
. If others at your institution
would be interested in accessing LEME, ask your librarian to set up a
trial for your institution.
Visit LEME at leme.library.utoronto.ca
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