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DARE, Dialect, and Techniques of Historical Lexicography
Michael Adams
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The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is a bold synthesis of linguistic geography and historical lexicography. It developed new features of entry structure type (maps, questionnaire responses, etc.) in order to satisfy constraints specific to the lexicon it describes, but also to test the limits and capacities of lexicographical technique as conventionally understood, to alter somewhat the uses of historical lexicography, and to support its diverse audiences' new expectations of historical dictionaries. Many of the innovations in DARE derive from the experience and training of F. G. Cassidy, DARE's first Chief Editor, on the Early Modern English Dictionary and Middle English Dictionary projects at the University of Michigan in the 1930s. The Middle English Dictionary was also particularly concerned with dialect and other sorts of variation reflected in lexis, and contrasting it with DARE illuminates the unique contributions of each to historical lexicography.

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Selected Proceedings of the 2012 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX 3)
edited by R. W. McConchie, Teo Juvonen, Mark Kaunisto, Minna Nevala, and Jukka Tyrkkö
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