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Dabney A. Bankert
James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA 22807-0001)

British Writer Joseph Bosworth’s Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language (1838) and the Development of Anglo-Saxon Studies

My monograph is the first to study the origins, compilation, and influence of Joseph Bosworth’s seminal A Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language, and the first to investigate the historical and cultural context of its creation. First published by Bosworth in 1838, revised and expanded by T. Northcote Toller between 1878-1921, Bosworth-Toller (as it is called) has done much to define, literally, our understanding of the Old English language and remains the only comprehensive Old English dictionary now available to students and scholars. Influencing almost every edition and translation of Old English texts, and directly or indirectly shaping much of the lexicographical scholarship and literary criticism to this day, its influence extends beyond the discipline. Generations of students have absorbed the cultural ideas conveyed by its lexicon in translations of Beowulf and other Old English texts; and historians of the English language work in its long shadow.

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Project fields:
Arts, General

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 5/31/2014