The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0140  Thursday, 7 July 2011

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Date:         July 7, 2011 9:07:01 AM EDT
Subject:      New Entries in Lexicons of Early Modern English

Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) - http://leme.library.utoronto.ca/
Locating historical references and accessing manuscripts can be difficult with countless hours spent searching for a single text for the sparsest of contributions to your research.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 580,000 word-entries from 175 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, LEME sets the standard for modern linguistic research on the English language.
Use Modern Techniques to Research Early Modern English!
§  175 Searchable lexicons
§  121 Fully analyzed lexicons
§  581 527 Total word entries
§  361 178 Fully analyzed word entries
§  60 891 Total English modern headwords
Recently added to 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 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.
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 English.
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 information
§  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
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[Editor’s Note: I am a long-time user of LEME and its predecessor. LEME is an invaluable addition to the OED and especially useful in annotating. --HMCook]

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