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Report on a New OED Project: A Study of the History of New Words in the New OED

H. M. Logan
Computers and the Humanities
Vol. 23, No. 4/5, Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Computers and the Humanities (Aug. - Oct., 1989), pp. 385-395
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30204378
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Report on a New OED Project: A Study of the History of New Words in the New OED
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Abstract

The study of the history of new words in the NewOED described in this paper was undertaken in 1986-87, and is based on the material then available. Since then, the NewOED has been finished, and PAT, the inquiry system developed at the University of Waterloo for the investigation of the NewOED data base, has been much altered and improved. Nevertheless, this report should prove useful in indicating the potentiality for analyzing the computerized NewOED and some of the problems. This project is a study of the ways in which new words are created in English at various periods of time. A chronological dictionary is created listing words introduced into the language over 50 year increments. These words are then classified by the processes used in forming them to show, in proportional terms, if certain processes are more common at some times than at others.

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