Mrs Irene Wotherspoon

  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow (English Language)

Research interests

Research interests

  • Responsibility for classification, editing and the development of the database of the Historical Thesaurus of English
  • Semantic change
  • Polysemy/homonymy
  • Folk etymology

Publications

A list of publications is available here.

Biography

M.A. Glasgow, M.Litt. Glasgow, Thesis 'A Notional and Historical Classification of Two Parts of English Lexis' (1969), a detailed study within a framework of modern linguistics of a concrete and an abstract semantic field, 'The Body and its Parts' and 'Painful Emotions'.

Irene Wotherspoon has been involved with the Historical Thesaurus of English since 1969, and has taught Old English and Level 1 tutorials in the Department of English Language. Since 1988, in addition to editing the HTE material, she has been responsible for training and supervision of HTE research assistants and for the development of the electronic database. The Historical Thesaurus of English was published as The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary in 2009. It was very well received, and won the Saltire Society Research Book of the Year Award in 2009. Royalties from sales are being used to fund postgraduate scholarships in English Language at Glasgow University.

She is a contributor to the Anglo-Saxon Plant-Names Survey (ASPNS).

From 2007 to 2010 she worked on the Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o' Riches project, cataloguing sound recordings from the archives of the School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University.  This material and recordings from the NTS Canna Collection and from the BBC archives, together with detailed background information, are now publicly accessible at www.tobarandualchais.co.uk

Publications

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Number of items: 3.

2009

Kay, C., Roberts, J., Samuels, M. and Wotherspoon, I., (Eds.) (2009) Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199208999

2006

Caie, G.D., Hough, C. and Wotherspoon, I., (Eds.) (2006) The Power of Words: Essays in Lexicography, Lexicology and Semantics in Honour of Christian J. Kay. Rodopi, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ISBN 9789042021211

1997

Kay, C., and Wotherspoon, I. (1997) A thesaurus of English. In: van Dalen-Oskam, K.H., Depuydt, K.A.C., Pijnenburg, W.J.J. and Schoonheim, T.H. (eds.) Dictionaries of Medieval Germanic Languages: A Survey of Current Lexicographical Projects. Series: International medieval research (2). Brepols, Turnhout, Belgium, pp. 49-54. ISBN 9782503506012

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Number of items: 3.

Book Section

Kay, C., and Wotherspoon, I. (1997) A thesaurus of English. In: van Dalen-Oskam, K.H., Depuydt, K.A.C., Pijnenburg, W.J.J. and Schoonheim, T.H. (eds.) Dictionaries of Medieval Germanic Languages: A Survey of Current Lexicographical Projects. Series: International medieval research (2). Brepols, Turnhout, Belgium, pp. 49-54. ISBN 9782503506012

Edited Book

Kay, C., Roberts, J., Samuels, M. and Wotherspoon, I., (Eds.) (2009) Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199208999

Caie, G.D., Hough, C. and Wotherspoon, I., (Eds.) (2006) The Power of Words: Essays in Lexicography, Lexicology and Semantics in Honour of Christian J. Kay. Rodopi, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ISBN 9789042021211

This list was generated on Fri Oct 24 13:41:23 2014 BST.