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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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The History and Development of DOST

The History and Development of DOST

(p.18) Chapter 3 The History and Development of DOST
Perspectives on the Older Scottish Tongue

M. G. Dareau

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents an account of the history of the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST). The DOST was compiled between 1925 and 2001 according to the historical principles laid down in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). During the first phase, a methodology based on the OED was established. The chapter is divided into four sections identified as those periods which saw substantial innovations affecting the text of the published dictionary (1919–1948, 1948–1981, 1981–1994 and 1994–2001). It includes an outline of the external history as well as those aspects of editorial policy which most closely impinge on external history.

Keywords:   history, DOST, Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue, Oxford English Dictionary

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