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Perspectives on the Older Scottish Tongue$
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Christian Kay and Margaret Mackay

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622818

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622818.001.0001

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DOST and MED and the Virtues of Sibling Rivalry

DOST and MED and the Virtues of Sibling Rivalry

(p.119) Chapter 10 DOST and MED and the Virtues of Sibling Rivalry
Perspectives on the Older Scottish Tongue

Paul Schaffner

Edinburgh University Press

The Middle English Dictionary (MED) and the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) were not only siblings but virtual twins, both born of Craigie's vision, first publicly enunciated in 1919, of a series of period and regional dictionaries springing from and advancing work done in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Both MED and DOST departed in many ways from the OED model. This chapter discusses the most important ways in which they departed, including spelling, etymology, illustration, definition, and relation to English.

Keywords:   Middle English Dictionary, Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue, Oxford English Dictionary

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