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Title: Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
Edited By: Christian J. Kay
Jane Roberts
Michael Samuels
Irené Wotherspoon
Description:

The "Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary" is the first
historical thesaurus to be written for any of the world's languages.
Conceived and compiled by the English Language Department of the University
of Glasgow, and based on the Oxford English Dictionary, it is the result of
over 40 years of scholarly labor. The HTOED is a groundbreaking analysis
of the historical inventory of English, allowing users to find words
connected in meaning throughout the history of the language.

The thesaurus follows a thematic system of classification, with entries
arranged in a semantic hierarchy according to their meanings rather than
listed alphabetically. This means that, for example, all the verbs meaning
'to eat', and other words connected with eating, can be viewed together.
The HTOED also has a unique historical component, and is linked directly to
the senses and the dating of words in the Oxford English Dictionary. For
each individual entry synonyms are presented in chronological order
according to the first recorded date of the word’s use in English, with
earliest synonyms first. The HTOED thereby lists obsolete words, and
obsolete meanings of current words as well as offering a comprehensive
treatment of current English.

The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating
resource for everyone with an interest in the English language and its
historical development. It is a perfect complement to the OED itself,
allowing the words in the OED to be cross-referenced and viewed in wholly
new ways.

*The largest thesaurus resource in the world, covering more than 920,000
words and meanings from Old English to present day, based on the Oxford
English Dictionary

*The very first historical thesaurus to be compiled for any of the world's
languages

*Synonyms listed with dates of first recorded use in English, in
chronological order, with earliest synonyms first

*For obsolete words, the HTOED also includes last recorded use of word

*Comprehensive index enables complete cross-referencing of nearly one
million words and meanings

*Includes a free fold-out color chart which shows the top levels of the
classification structure

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199208999
ISBN-13: 9780199208999
Pages: 4448
Prices: U.K. £ 250.00
U.S. $ 395.00