A Thesaurus of Old English, Volume 1

Introduction and Thesaurus. Second Revised Edition


A Thesaurus of Old English is conceptually arranged, and presents the vocabulary of Anglo-Saxon England within ordered categories. This allows the user to approach the materials of the Thesaurus by subject rather than through an alphabetic index as is the case for many thesauri. The provision of brief indications of meaning at all levels of this scheme allows word-senses to follow on from ideas explained, so that this thesaurus incorporates information about word meaning and could be described as an inside-out dictionary, with meanings first and then words.

In addition to providing hitherto unavailable information for linguists, historians of language, authors, students of English, and textual scholars, A Thesaurus of Old English is a rich resource for investigating social and cultural history, showing the development of concepts through the words that refer to them.

The Thesaurus can be consulted online at the University of Glasgow website.


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Review Quotes

”… Roberts and Kay, in collaboration with Lynne Grundy and many other assistants, have produced a standard reference work which every research library of medium size or greater will wish to purchase, and which might well find a place in the personal libraries of many Old-English specialists as well.” in: Peritia
“…an essential research tool…” in: Notes and Queries, Vol. 50, No. 1, March 2003, pp.79-80
“…new and improved printing.” in: TMR, 04.02.33

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction A Thesaurus of Old English 1. The Physical World 2. Life and Death 3. Matter and Measurement 4. Material Needs 5. Existence 6. Mental Faculties 7. Opinion 8. Emotion 9. Language and Communication 10. Possession 11. Action and Utility 12. Social interaction 13. Peace and War 14. Law and Order 15. Property 16. Religion 17. Work 18. Leisure Index