25.3842, Books: Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English 2-Volume Set: Wright

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Title: Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English 2-Volume Set 
Subtitle: Containing Words from the English Writers Previous to the Nineteenth
Century Which are No Longer in Use, or Are Not Used in the Same Sense; and
Words Which Are Now Used Only in Provincial Dialects 
Publication Year: 2014 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Book URL: http://bit.ly/1tId8KO 


Author: Thomas Wright

Paperback: ISBN:  9781108075213 Pages:  Price: U.S. $ 92.00
Paperback: ISBN:  9781108075213 Pages:  Price: U.K. £ 59.00


Abstract:

Thomas Wright (1810–77), a respected folklorist and medievalist, wrote prolifically on a wide range of subjects. His work is, however, considered broad rather than deep, and his extensive output, while impressive, sometimes came at the expense of quality. Wright was involved in many academic societies, and co-founded the British Archaeological Association in 1843. Much of his work promoted the use of vernacular literature for research into the Middle Ages, and this dictionary, first published in 1857, was compiled to help readers of historical literature navigate unfamiliar vocabulary. It lists obsolete words and phrases, with particular emphasis on those of Old English and Anglo-Norman origin, and obscure or dialectal words. Many of the definitions include illustrative examples or quotes as well as etymologies. Examples include belly-timber, meaning 'food', and dweezle, a Northamptonshire word that means 'to dwindle away'. Volume 1 covers A-F, while Volume 2 covers G-Z.

Volume 1: Preface; Dictionary, A–F. Volume 2: Dictionary, G–Z. 



Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                     Lexicography

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                     English, Old (ang)


Written In: English  (eng)

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