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University of Toronto (Toronto M5S 1A5 Canada)
Stephen Pelle (Project Director: July 2015 to July 2017)
Haruko Momma (Project Director: July 2017 to present)
Robert Getz (Co Project Director: January 2016 to July 2017)

Dictionary of Old English

The preparation of entries for the “Dictionary of Old English,” a historical dictionary based on the entire extant corpus of Old English texts written between 600 and 1150 C.E.

The aim of the Dictionary of Old English (DOE) is to define the vocabulary of records written in English between 600 and 1150 C.E., using the technology of the twenty-first century. Because of its Electronic Corpus, comprising at least one copy of every Old English text, the DOE is based on a comprehensive examination of the surviving evidence. The DOE complements the other major historical dictionaries of English: The Middle English Dictionary (1100-1500 C.E.), and the Oxford English Dictionary (which catalogues English up to the present). DOE: A-G online (2007), the first Web version of the first eight letters (out of 22), created links to the online OED; in 2010 OED created reciprocal links to DOE. The 2013 internal version of DOE online displayed links to MED and in 2014 MED linked back to DOE. DOE also for the first time links to thumbnail manuscript images represented by Parker on the Web, providing users with visual evidence for DOE's interpretation of some textual difficulties.

Project fields:

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$160,000 (approved)
$159,525 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 6/30/2018