Lexicographers are constantly striving to give the most complete word histories for their entries as possible. To help do this, the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) has in the last two years undertaken projects on Internet searching of several websites, including NewspaperARCHIVE.com and Google. A pilot project provided antedates and postdates of 28 entries chosen from volume I (A-C), which was published in 1985; over half were antedated, mostly from 10 to 60 years, with the greatest extension of a word history of well over a century; while over seventy percent were postdated. DARE now has a project assistant working on galleys already written for volume 5 so his findings can be incorporated into the final volume (Sl-Z), due to be published in 2009. And DARE is embarking on a program with colleagues who teach American English dialectology and sociolinguistics whereby their students will help us update entries from our previously published volumes 1-4 (A-SK), in anticipation of an electronic version of DARE.
Selected Proceedings of the 2005 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX)
edited by R. W. McConchie, Olga Timofeeva, Heli Tissari, and Tanja Säily
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