, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 119–133 | Cite as

From traditional to electronic lexicography: the dictionaries of Old English

  • Darío Metola Rodríguez
Original Paper


The aim of this article is to review the standard dictionaries of Old English from the perspective of the evolution from traditional lexicography to electronic lexicography and to find the similarities and differences, together with their pros and cons. The ultimate purpose is to find which of these four dictionaries is more suitable for linguistic research in Old English for scholars in the field. An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (Bosworth and Toller in Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1973), The Student’s Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon (Sweet in Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1976), A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (Hall in University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1996) and The Dictionary of Old English in Electronic Form A–G (Healey et al. in Dictionary of Old English Project, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, 2008) are examined with respect to headwords, alternative spellings and cross-references, vowel quantity and textual evidence.


Lexicography Electronic lexicography Old English Dictionary 



This research has been funded through the project FFI2014-59110 (MINECO), which is gratefully acknowledged.


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  1. 1.Universidad de La RiojaLa RiojaSpain

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