Chaucer in Early English Dictionaries: The Old-Word by Johan Kerling

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Hath published them in anna 1597. 8) Speght's glossary is best seen in the light of Beaumont's comment upon it: after saying that it was inevitable that Chaucer's language should have become obsolete, he praises Speght because by 'your interpretation of the most unusuall words, that 33 hs~ctncssc and dlffltultie is made most clca~e and easie'. l'ls the l i tle of +-he qlossaty <1hw shCJWs, Speqh 1::' s list iA one of old And obscure words in Chaucer's works. 1'\t. of obsoJ ete wotr1s (without line dt page references) with consistently brief synonyms.

Not much more is known about Levins published in 1570 Manipulus vocabulorum by Peter Levins than that he was also the author of Pathway to Health (1587) and that he was born at or near Eske in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He was educated at Beverley Grammar School and Oxford University. Until now his Manipulus Vocabulorum has mainly attracted the attention of phonologists, and the importance of his dictionary as a dictionary has been neglected, chiefly because, being primarily a rhyming dictionary, it has been considered beyond the scope of studies of the development of English lexicography proper.

Evidently old words were as much of a problem as the more recent Latinate additions to the language. It is not surprising, then, to find Bullokar including old words among the words that were 'hard' in other ways, though the fact is that only the old words were marked with an asterisk. 3. SPEGHT AS A SOURCE FOR BULLOKAR Starnes and Noyes had noted that Bullokar paid attention to old words 'onely used of some ancient writers', but only recently has the source for these old words been discovered.

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