History of Scottish Lexicography

A brief historical overview of lexicography in Scotland will appear here shortly. In the meantime, we offer a list of sources for further reading. Most of these focus on Scots language dictionaries, but there is an extensive section on Gaelic lexicography, and a chapter on the Scottish contribution to English lexicography, in Scotland in Definition, listed below.

Many of the papers by A.J. Aitken, former Editor of DOST, also discuss the history of Scottish (esp. Scots) lexicography, and can be accessed in his Collected Writings, ed. by Caroline Macafee and available on the Scots Language Centre website.

Further Reading:

M. Dareau and I. Macleod, ‘Dictionaries of Scots’, in The Oxford History of English Lexicography, ed. by A. P. Cowie, 2 vols (Oxford: OUP, 2009), I, 302–25

M. Dossena, ‘The Lexicography of Scots at the Intersection of Monolingual and Bilingual Dictionaries’, in Textus, English Studies in Italy 1/2020, 69–86

I. Macleod and J.D. McClure, eds, Scotland in Definition: A History of Scottish Dictionaries (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2012)

D. Murison, ‘Scottish Lexicography’, in The Nuttis Schell: Essays on the Scots Language, ed. by C. Macafee and I. Macleod (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1987), 17–24

S. Rennie, ‘The Lexicography of Scots’, in International Handbook of Modern Lexis and Lexicography, ed. by P. Hanks and G.-M. de Schryver (Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, 2015), 1-18 [doi:10.1007/978-3-642-45369-4_36-1]

G. Watson, ‘The Story of Scottish Dictionary-making’, Transactions of the Hawick Archaeological Society (1916), 7–12