The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0471   Friday, 31 December 2010

From:         T. Hawkins, UTP Journals <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:          Friday, December 31, 2010
Subject:      Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) 

[Editor's Note: I have been a user of LEME since it was the EMDD and a subscriber 
every year since it has been a subscription service. The LEME extends the capacities 
of the OED and is just down right fun to use and to explore Early Modern Language 
with. When this announcement arrived, I had no difficulty deciding to post it to the 
membership. -Hardy]

From Journals Division of the University of Toronto Press 

Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) 

Locating historical references and accessing manuscripts can be difficult with 
countless hours spent searching for a single text for the sparsest of contributions 
to your research.

Lexicons of Early Modern English is a growing historical database offering scholars 
unprecedented access to early books and manuscripts documenting the growth and 
development of the English language. With more than 576,000 word-entries from 167 
monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, glossaries, and linguistic 
treatises, encyclopedic and other lexical works from the beginning of printing in 
England in 1702, as well as tools updated annually, 
<http://www.utpjournals.com/leme/leme.html> LEME sets the standard for modern 
linguistic research on the English language.

Use Modern Techniques to Research Early Modern English!

* 167 Searchable lexicons
* 113 Fully analyzed lexicons
* 576 332 Total word entries
* 355 983 Fully analyzed word entries
* 60 891 Total English modern headwords

Recently added to <http://www.utpjournals.com/leme/leme.html> LEME

John Ray's A Collection of English Words not Generally Used (London, 1674), a group 
of specialized glossaries with 2,128 word-entries. They explain dialectal words, 
southern and northern, words for fishes and birds, and terms of art in mining.

Coming soon to <http://www.utpjournals.com/leme/leme.html> LEME

Peter Levins' Manipulus Vocabulorum (London, 1570), a dictionary of 8,940 English-
Latin word-entries, organized by English rhyme-endings (with accentuation). This 
analyzed text owes much to Huloet (added in 2009) and replaces the simple 
transcription now in the LEME database.

John Rider's Bibliotheca Scholastica, an English-Latin dictionary first published by 
the University of Oxford in 1589.

Coming Spring 2011 to LEME

Catholicon Anglicum (ca. 1475), an English-Latin dictionary from Lord Monson's 
manuscript, reconstructed from a 19th-century Early English Text Society edition. The 
earliest such lexicon surviving in the language holding some 7,180 word-entries, 
distinguishes itself by the extensive use of Latin synonyms in explanations.

There are two versions of LEME, a public one and a licensed one. The public version 
of LEME allows anyone, anywhere, to do simple searches on the multilingual lexical 
database. The licensed version of LEME is designed as a full-featured scholarly 
resource for original research into the entire lexical content of Early Modern 

<http://www.utpjournals.com/leme/leme.html> LEME is designed as a full-featured 
scholarly resource that allows you to search the entire lexical content of Early 
Modern English. It provides exciting research opportunities for linguistic 
historians through the following powerful features:

* Searchable word-entries (simple, wildcard, Boolean, and proximity)
* Documentary period database of more than 10,000 works from the Early Modern era
* Large primary bibliography of more than 1,000 early works known to include lexical
* Browseable page-by-page transcriptions of lexical works
* A selection list of editorially lemmatized headwords unique to each lexical text
* Continually updated new dictionaries, glossaries, and tools each year

For more information, please contact
     University of Toronto Press
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