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date: 23 January 2020

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The use of onomastic source material in English lexicography has evolved over the years from attracting only marginal consideration in the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (1888–1933), to the much more inclusive policy of the third edition, which is currently in progress. In Scotland, the situation is somewhat less well advanced, and in the two multi-volume dictionaries of Scots, the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (1931–2002) and the Scottish National Dictionary (1921–1976), the inclusion of onomastic evidence is unsystematic, particularly in the early volumes. Reliable onomastic source material is also less readily available for the Scots language. However, toponymic and anthroponymic evidence can provide valuable ante-datings and reinterpretations for existing dictionary entries in both the English and Scots languages, as well as providing entirely new additions to the lexicon.

Keywords: dictionary, lexicography, lexicon, onomasticon, place-names, surnames, personal names, Scots

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