Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME)

Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME)

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Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) now includes over 808,963 word-entries!

Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) is the robust research tool valued greatly by lexical historians and researchers around the world. LEME has been setting the standard for modern linguistic research on the English language since 1990 by providing researchers unprecedented access to early books and manuscripts documenting the growth and development of the English language. LEME is ever expanding and currently includes more than 808,963 word-entries from 213 monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, lexical encyclopedias, hard-word glossaries, spelling lists, and lexically-valuable treatises surviving in print or manuscript from the Tudor, Stuart, Caroline, Commonwealth, and Restoration periods.

LEME users rave about the vastness of the database and the unparalleled access to content and word meaning from within the context of the era, free from 20th century ideas and interpretations.

In an effort to make this valuable research tool available to all researchers, everywhere, the LEME Project team, University of Toronto Press and the University of Toronto Libraries are pleased to announce that as of January 30, 2017, Lexicons of Early Modern English, and all of its functionality, will be full open access.

For more information and to access the full version of Lexicons of Early Modern English (open access as of January 30, 2017) at http://leme.library.utoronto.ca

For a partial bibliography of publications that employ LEME, see here http://bit.ly/lemebiblio
Editor: Ian Lancashire
Associate Editor (18th Century): Carol Percy
Library liaison: Sian Meikle
Database programmer: Marc Plamondon
XTeXT programmer: Robert Good, Isagn inc.
Graphic Design: Gordon Belray

Grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and from McMaster University's TAPoR Project (Text Analysis Portal for Research) have generously supported the development of LEME. TAPoR (Toronto) is funded by a research infrastructure grant of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT). TAPoR (Toronto) partners include IBM Canada Inc. and Isagn Inc.

LEME Advisory Board
Robin C. Alston
Richard W. Bailey
Antonette diPaolo Healey
Anne McDermott
Terttu Nevalainen
Noel E. Osselton
Gabriele Stein (Right Honourable Lady Quirk)
David E. Vancil
Paul Werstine
Recently added to LEME:
    1. Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language (1755). 42,726 word-entries. Apex CoVantage entered the text in TEI/Tite, and Isabelle Zhu converted it to LEME encoding and processed the entire text. To search Johnson's quotations alone, select all words in language "quo". Note that quotations generally date earlier than 1755.
    2. Nathan Bailey's An Introduction to the English Tongue (1726). 9,747 word-entries.
    3. John Collier's A View of the Lancashire Dialect (1746). 1,655 word-entries.
    4. Mary Johnson's Madam Johnson's Present (1755). A spelling dictionary for younger women. (1755). 5,492 word-entries.
    5. Elisha Coles' The Compleat English Schoolmaster or the Most Natural and Easie Method of Spelling English (1674). 9,862 word-entries.
    6. Benjamin N. Defoe's A New English Dictionary (1735). 16,281 word-entries.

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