Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL)


Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL)


Rennie, Susan (ed.)


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English; Scots

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Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Scots language

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A dictionary of the older Scottish tongue : from the twelfth century to the end of the seventeenth Craigie, William A. (William Alexander), Sir, 1867-1957 The University of Chicago Press ; Oxford University Press Chicago, Ill ; London: [1937]-c1983 George IV Bridge, Reading Room, Shelf Mark: Dict.4.C.

The Scottish national dictionary : designed partly on regional lines and partly on historical principles, and containing all the Scottish words known to be in use or to have been in use since c. 1700 Grant, William, 1863-1946 The Scottish National Dictionary Association limited Edinburgh: [1931-75] George IV Bridge, Reading Room, Shelf Mark: Dict.4.G.


The main aim of The Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) project was to digitise two major historical Scots dictionaries. Its object was to produce an online resource that shows how Scots words have developed and been used from the early Middle Ages to the twentieth century. The resources are the "Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue" (DOST) and the "Scottish National Dictionary" (SND). DOST was compiled and published in paper between 1931 and 2002, and SND between 1931 and 1976. They are the most comprehensive dictionaries available for, respectively, older Scots and modern Scots, and are therefore essential research tools. The DSL project considerably increases access to these rich research resources, by making them freely available worldwide on the Internet. It also makes possible new ways to retrieve the information contained in the printed sources, so that full information on the usage of Scots words will be more readily available to scholars.

Available online at: http://www.dsl.ac.uk

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