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date: 24 January 2020

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For smaller, more specialized dictionary projects, especially historical dictionaries, the creation of a lexicographic corpus de novo is not feasible. This chapter reports on the ongoing revision of a historical dictionary of Canadianisms, in which existing electronic text databases, especially newspaper archives, and historical and synchronic corpora have been used for the collection of quotations and for determining whether a word properly belongs in the dictionary. Brief attention is also paid to the use of internet searches for the latter task. In addition to cataloguing the types of electronic sources available and the methodology used (which was from the onset intended as being entirely online), the chapter tests the results achieved against more conventional methods for collecting data, such as those familiar from the traditional practices of dictionaries such as the Oxford English Dictionary.

Keywords: historical dictionaries, Canadian English, Canadianism, historical corpus, historical newspaper archive, historical text database, antedatings

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