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Lexical Searches for the Arts and Humanities. Jeremy Smith, Christian Kay, Simon Horobin Department of English Language University of Glasgow. Project Aims. database of search words dates of use semantic categories style. Historical Thesaurus of English.

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Lexical searches for the arts and humanities

Lexical Searches for the Arts and Humanities

Jeremy Smith, Christian Kay, Simon Horobin

Department of English Language

University of Glasgow


Project aims

Project Aims

database of search words

dates of use

semantic categories

style


Historical thesaurus of english
Historical Thesaurus of English

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition

  • Old English dictionaries

  • 650,000 meanings

  • detailed semantic taxonomy

    http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/

    sesll/englang/thesaur/homepage.htm


Musical instruments
Musical Instruments

  • piano 1803

  • pianoforte 1767

  • forte-piano 1769

  • joanna 1846


Interdisciplinarity
Interdisciplinarity

Art Clothing Drink Food

Health Kinship Law Music

Navigation Plants Weather



Thesaurus of old english1
Thesaurus of Old English

  • 50,000 meanings

  • MySQL database

  • British Academy funding

    http://libra.englang.arts.gla.ac.uk/oethesaurus/

    http://www.oenewsletter.org/OEN/reports.php


Complex searches
Complex Searches

  • find all words meaning ‘trumpet’

  • find all words meaning ‘trumpet’ recorded between 1400 and 1850

  • find all words meaning ‘trumpet’ recorded after 1700 in the USA


Significance
Significance

  • interdisciplinarity

  • research enhancement

  • fully electronic Historical Thesaurus


Issues
Issues

  • Spelling

    • piano* > pianoe, pianos, pianoes

    • OED ‘Trumpet’, also 4-6 trompette,- et, trumpette, 5 trompett, troumpette,

      6-7 trumpett; Sc. 5 trompat, troumpat(e, trumpate, 5-6 trumpat,

      6 –ait


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