Dr Susan Rennie

  • Lecturer (English Language and Linguistics)

telephone: 0141 330 7586
email: Susan.Rennie@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research interests

  • Scots language
  • Lexicography and lexicology
  • Dictionary history
  • John Jamieson
  • James Boswell
  • Digital humanities
  • Scots resources for schools

Biography

Before joining the University in 2012, I worked for many years as a professional lexicographer. I have written and contributed to a range of dictionaries and thesauruses, including the New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary and Chambers Dictionary, and have particular interests in Scots-language lexicography and children’s dictionaries. I was a Senior Editor with the Scottish National Dictionary Association from 1996 to 2000, and created the first Scots-language spellchecker (CannieSpell) and the Electronic Scots School Dictionary in 1998. From 2001 to 2004, I was Editor of the Dictionary of the Scots Language at the University of Dundee: a project funded by the AHRB to digitize both the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and the Scottish National Dictionary for online publication. I was also involved in the early planning for the Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech.

In 2001, I was one of the co-founders of Itchy Coo Books, a Scots-language imprint funded by a grant from the Scottish Arts Council, and I have written several books for children in Scots, including a grammar for schools and the award-winning Animal ABC: A Scots Alphabet.

Through my work as a lexicographer I have developed an interest in dictionary history, and my doctoral thesis (2010) was the first full-length study of John Jamieson’s Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language of 1808. A revised version was published as a monograph by Oxford University Press in 2012. I have also helped to develop an online facsimile edition of Jamieson’s Dictionary and Supplement.

My current research project is on James Boswell’s Scottish Dictionary, the manuscript materials for which I discovered in the Bodleian Library in 2008. This work, which was the first attempt to compile a dictionary of Scots, was begun by Boswell in his youth in the 1760s, but never completed. I am currently preparing an edition of the surviving manuscript, which will include details of how the manuscript came to be lost and found, and will place it in the context of Boswell’s life and of attitudes to Scots in the eighteenth century.

Publications

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Number of items: 37.

2016

Rennie, S. (2016) Gangin on a word hunt: translating the sounds of a classic into Scots. [Website]

Rennie, S. (2016) Roald Dahl: the best gobblefunk words. Guardian Children's Books, 14 Jun.

Rennie, S., and Dahl, R. (2016) The GFG : The Guid Freendly Giant (The BFG In Scots). Black and White: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781785300400

Rennie, S., Dahl, R., and Blake, Q. (2016) The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary. Series: Oxford dictionaries. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780192736451

Rennie, S. (2016) Creating a historical thesaurus of Scots. In: Rodríguez Álvarez, A. (ed.) Words Across History: Advances in Historical Lexicography and Lexicology. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University Press: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. ISBN 9788490422571

Rennie, S., and Rosen, M. (2016) We're Gangin on a Bear Hunt. Floris Books: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781782503163

2015

Remi (Hergé), G. P., and Rennie, S. (2015) The Partan wi the Gowden Taes. Dalen Alba. ISBN 9781906587512

Rennie, S. (2015) The Twal Days o Yule. Series: Picture Kelpies. Floris Books: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781782502081

Irving, W., and Rennie, S. (2015) The Legend o Sleepery Howe. Series: SmartReads in Scots. Giglets.

Rennie, S. (2015) ‘A Kist of Ferlies’: Scottish culture in Jamieson and later dictionaries of Scots. In: Karpova, O. M. and Kartashkova, F. I. (eds.) Life beyond Dictionaries. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 32-41. ISBN 9781443877947

Rennie, S. (2015) The lexicography of Scots. In: Hanks, P. and de Schryver, G.-M. (eds.) International Handbook of Modern Lexis and Lexicography. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 1-18. ISBN 9783642453694 (doi:10.1007/978-3-642-45369-4_36-1)

2014

Remi (Hergé), G. P., and Rennie, S. (2014) The Merk o the Pharaoh. Dalen. ISBN 9781906587475

Rennie, S. (2014) Scotland's Linguistic Heritage in the Historical Thesaurus of Scots. In: Heritage Lexicography, Florence, Italy, 21-23 Jul 2014,

2013

Remi (Hergé), G. P., and Rennie, S. (2013) The Derk Isle. Taigh na Teud Publishers / Dalen: Skye. ISBN 9781906804985

2012

Rennie, S. (2012) Lol or pulchritudinous: which words do children really use in their writing? OxfordWords [online],

Rennie, S. (2012) Boswell's Scottish dictionary update. Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America, 33, pp. 205-207.

Rennie, S. (2012) Jamieson and the nineteenth century. In: Macleod, I. and McClure, J.D. (eds.) Scotland in Definition: A History of Scottish Dictionaries. John Donald: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 60-84. ISBN 9781906566494

Rennie, S. (2012) Jamieson's Dictionary of Scots: the story of the first historical dictionary of the Scots language. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199639403 (doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639403.001.0001)

2011

Rennie, S. (2011) Boswell's Scottish dictionary rediscovered. Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America, 32, pp. 94-110.

2010

Rennie, S. (2010) Oxford English Thesaurus for Schools. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199118410

2008

Rennie, S. (2008) The electronic Jamieson: towards a bicentenary celebration. In: Mooijaart, M. and van der Wal, M. (eds.) Yesterday’s Words: Contemporary, Current and Future Lexicography. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 333-340. ISBN 9781847184696

2007

Rennie, S. (2007) Oxford Primary Thesaurus. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199115167

2006

Allen, R. and Rennie, S., (Eds.) (2006) Oxford English Dictionary for Schools. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199112395

2004

Rennie, S. (2004) About the Dictionary of the Scots Language. Documentation. University of Dundee, Dundee, UK.

2002

Fitt, M., Rennie, S., and Robertson, J. (2002) The Hoose o Haivers. Itchy Coo: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781902927442

Rennie, S. (2002) Animal ABC: A Scots Alphabet. Itchy Coo: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781902927466

Rennie, S. (2002) Kat an Doug on Planet Fankle. Itchy Coo: Edinburgh. ISBN 978-1902927459

Rennie, S. (2002) Kat an Doug on Planet Perjink. Itchy Coo: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781902927565

Rennie, S. (2002) Sweetieraptors: a Book o Scots Dinosaurs. Itchy Coo: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781902927589

2001

Rennie, S. (2001) The Dictionary of the Scots Language project. In: A Gathering Together of Words: The Dictionary Society of North America Biennial Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, 6-9 May 2001,

Rennie, S. (2001) The Electronic Scottish National Dictionary (eSND): work in progress. Literary and Linguistic Computing, 16(2), pp. 153-160. (doi:10.1093/llc/16.2.153)

2000

Fitt, M., Rennie, S. and Robertson, J., (Eds.) (2000) The Swatch: A Scots Sampler. Kettillonia: Kingskettle, Fife, UK.

Rennie, S. (2000) Encoding a historical dictionary with the TEI. In: Proceedings of the Ninth Euralex International Congress. Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung: Stuttgart, Germany, pp. 261-271. ISBN 9783000065743

Rennie, S., and Fitt, M. (2000) Grammar Broonie: A Guide tae Scots Grammar fae the Scottish National Dictionary Association. Polygon: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781902930206

1998

Rennie, S., (Ed.) (1998) CannieSpell: An Electronic Scots Spellchecker [on floppy disks]. SNDA: Edinburgh, UK.

Rennie, S., (Ed.) (1998) The Electronic Scots School Dictionary [on CD]. SNDA / SCET: Edinburgh, UK / Glasgow, UK.

1995

Rennie, S., (Ed.) (1995) Chambers Super-Mini English Dictionary. Chambers: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9780550107121

This list was generated on Fri Sep 30 06:08:30 2016 BST.
Number of items: 38.

Articles

Rennie, S. (2016) Roald Dahl: the best gobblefunk words. Guardian Children's Books, 14 Jun.

Rennie, S. (2012) Lol or pulchritudinous: which words do children really use in their writing? OxfordWords [online],

Rennie, S. (2012) Boswell's Scottish dictionary update. Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America, 33, pp. 205-207.

Rennie, S. (2011) Boswell's Scottish dictionary rediscovered. Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America, 32, pp. 94-110.

Rennie, S. (2001) The Electronic Scottish National Dictionary (eSND): work in progress. Literary and Linguistic Computing, 16(2), pp. 153-160. (doi:10.1093/llc/16.2.153)

Books

Rennie, S., and Dahl, R. (2016) The GFG : The Guid Freendly Giant (The BFG In Scots). Black and White: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781785300400

Rennie, S., Dahl, R., and Blake, Q. (2016) The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary. Series: Oxford dictionaries. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780192736451

Rennie, S., and Rosen, M. (2016) We're Gangin on a Bear Hunt. Floris Books: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781782503163

Remi (Hergé), G. P., and Rennie, S. (2015) The Partan wi the Gowden Taes. Dalen Alba. ISBN 9781906587512

Rennie, S. (2015) The Twal Days o Yule. Series: Picture Kelpies. Floris Books: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781782502081

Irving, W., and Rennie, S. (2015) The Legend o Sleepery Howe. Series: SmartReads in Scots. Giglets.

Remi (Hergé), G. P., and Rennie, S. (2014) The Merk o the Pharaoh. Dalen. ISBN 9781906587475

Remi (Hergé), G. P., and Rennie, S. (2013) The Derk Isle. Taigh na Teud Publishers / Dalen: Skye. ISBN 9781906804985

Rennie, S. (2012) Jamieson's Dictionary of Scots: the story of the first historical dictionary of the Scots language. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199639403 (doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639403.001.0001)

Rennie, S. (2010) Oxford English Thesaurus for Schools. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199118410

Rennie, S. (2007) Oxford Primary Thesaurus. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199115167

Fitt, M., Rennie, S., and Robertson, J. (2002) The Hoose o Haivers. Itchy Coo: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781902927442

Rennie, S. (2002) Animal ABC: A Scots Alphabet. Itchy Coo: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781902927466

Rennie, S. (2002) Kat an Doug on Planet Fankle. Itchy Coo: Edinburgh. ISBN 978-1902927459

Rennie, S. (2002) Kat an Doug on Planet Perjink. Itchy Coo: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781902927565

Rennie, S. (2002) Sweetieraptors: a Book o Scots Dinosaurs. Itchy Coo: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781902927589

Rennie, S., and Fitt, M. (2000) Grammar Broonie: A Guide tae Scots Grammar fae the Scottish National Dictionary Association. Polygon: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781902930206

Book Sections

Rennie, S. (2016) Creating a historical thesaurus of Scots. In: Rodríguez Álvarez, A. (ed.) Words Across History: Advances in Historical Lexicography and Lexicology. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University Press: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. ISBN 9788490422571

Rennie, S. (2015) ‘A Kist of Ferlies’: Scottish culture in Jamieson and later dictionaries of Scots. In: Karpova, O. M. and Kartashkova, F. I. (eds.) Life beyond Dictionaries. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 32-41. ISBN 9781443877947

Rennie, S. (2015) The lexicography of Scots. In: Hanks, P. and de Schryver, G.-M. (eds.) International Handbook of Modern Lexis and Lexicography. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 1-18. ISBN 9783642453694 (doi:10.1007/978-3-642-45369-4_36-1)

Rennie, S. (2012) Jamieson and the nineteenth century. In: Macleod, I. and McClure, J.D. (eds.) Scotland in Definition: A History of Scottish Dictionaries. John Donald: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 60-84. ISBN 9781906566494

Rennie, S. (2008) The electronic Jamieson: towards a bicentenary celebration. In: Mooijaart, M. and van der Wal, M. (eds.) Yesterday’s Words: Contemporary, Current and Future Lexicography. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 333-340. ISBN 9781847184696

Rennie, S. (2000) Encoding a historical dictionary with the TEI. In: Proceedings of the Ninth Euralex International Congress. Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung: Stuttgart, Germany, pp. 261-271. ISBN 9783000065743

Edited Books

Allen, R. and Rennie, S., (Eds.) (2006) Oxford English Dictionary for Schools. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199112395

Fitt, M., Rennie, S. and Robertson, J., (Eds.) (2000) The Swatch: A Scots Sampler. Kettillonia: Kingskettle, Fife, UK.

Rennie, S., (Ed.) (1998) CannieSpell: An Electronic Scots Spellchecker [on floppy disks]. SNDA: Edinburgh, UK.

Rennie, S., (Ed.) (1998) The Electronic Scots School Dictionary [on CD]. SNDA / SCET: Edinburgh, UK / Glasgow, UK.

Rennie, S., (Ed.) (1995) Chambers Super-Mini English Dictionary. Chambers: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9780550107121

Research Reports or Papers

Rennie, S. (2004) About the Dictionary of the Scots Language. Documentation. University of Dundee, Dundee, UK.

Conference Proceedings

Rennie, S. (2014) Scotland's Linguistic Heritage in the Historical Thesaurus of Scots. In: Heritage Lexicography, Florence, Italy, 21-23 Jul 2014,

Rennie, S. (2001) The Dictionary of the Scots Language project. In: A Gathering Together of Words: The Dictionary Society of North America Biennial Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, 6-9 May 2001,

Website

Rennie, S. (2016) Gangin on a word hunt: translating the sounds of a classic into Scots. [Website]

Rennie, S. Boswell's Scottish Dictionary. [Website]

This list was generated on Fri Sep 30 06:08:30 2016 BST.