Lexicons of Early Modern English
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Lexicons of Early Modern English now includes over 1,140,808 word-entries!
Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME 2.0, released October 2018) database now includes 1,140,808 word-entries from 282 texts, and the LEME encoded corpus 88 texts. The database is published online at leme.library.utoronto.ca and the corpus is becoming available through leme.utoronto.ca at tspace.library.utoronto.ca.
Lexicons of Early Modern English is an ever-expanding historical database and corpus offering scholars access to early books and manuscripts documenting the growth and development of the English language. LEME provides researchers with word-entries from monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, lexical encyclopedias, hard-word glossaries, spelling lists, and lexically-valuable treatises surviving in print or manuscript from 1475 to 1755.
LEME offers exciting opportunities for research for historians of the English language. Word-entries devised by contemporary speakers of early modern English describe their understanding of the etymological meaning of words, and of their equivalents in languages such as French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and other tongues encountered then in Europe, America, and Asia.
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
Antonette diPaolo Healey
Noel E. Osselton
Gabriele Stein (Right Honourable Lady Quirk)
David E. Vancil
LEME gratefully acknowledges the generous research support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and the Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR), directed by Geoffrey Rockwell at McMaster University.
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