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Dictionary of Old English: 2002 Progress Report


Joan Holland, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto


The highlight of 2002 has been the development of the beta version of the CD-ROM of the Dictionary of Old English: A to F. It has recently been sent out for testing and will be issued in Spring 2003. In preparation for this, the editors completed, in the course of the year, the updating and revision of the previously published fascicles. As well, we have concentrated on writing entries for G and H and have begun writing entries for I and Y. We were sorry to lose Pauline Thompson from the editorial staff this year. She joined us in 1986, and retired from the project in May; she was replaced by Dorothy Haines. At this time, we would like to thank Professor Roberta Frank of Yale University, a member of our International Advisory Committee, for her many years of unfailing dedication as Editor of the Toronto Old English Series and the Publications of the Dictionary of Old English. Professor Andy Orchard, another member of the International Advisory Committee, has now assumed her position as Editor. We would also like to note the great interest taken in our research and in the humanities in general, by our former Vice-President, Research and International Relations, Professor Heather Munroe-Blum, who has left Toronto to become Principal of McGill University. Her support has been invaluable to the well-being of the project over the years.


Technological Advances

In February, Peter Mielke, who had been our systems analyst since 1998, accepted a position out in industry. He had worked, with unfailing good cheer, to move us to a more standard platform by SGMLizing our entire operation. He has been replaced by Xin (Linda) Xiang, who has been responsible for developing the beta-test version of the Dictionary on CD-ROM. As promised in last year's report, we released early in the New Year our web tool which allows for wildcard or regular expression searches on the Corpus; this tool makes possible variant spelling searches and provides a direct link to citations in the Web Corpus. It can be accessed through our website at http://www.doe.utoronto.ca/. We continue to be pleased that so many members of the scholarly community are finding the Web Corpus a useful tool for their research. As funds allow, we are updating our hardware by replacing our aging SPARCstations.

In 2002, the Dictionary was part of a University of Toronto team, within a consortium of six Canadian universities, which successfully applied to the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for the creation of a Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR). This is a most exciting venture for us, as we (along with our Toronto colleagues) will have access to powerful servers customized to provide an environment suitable for lexicographic research. We plan to distribute the Dictionary on the Web through this portal as soon as the infrastructure is developed.


Grants and Gifts

This year, as always, we have searched for funds to ensure the completion of the Dictionary. We are delighted to report that during the year we were awarded a two-year (2002-4) grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities. One-year grants by the British Academy, London, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, New York, and a first-time grant by the Salus Mundi Foundation of Tucson, Arizona, together with gifts from the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists as well as from colleagues and friends are all helping us to match our most recent NEH grant. We are immensely grateful to our funding agencies and individual donors, for without their generosity the Dictionary could not be completed. A list of gifts to the project in the past year is appended.


Dissemination and Outreach

We were pleased this year to have visits from two members of our International Advisory Committee – Professor Eric Stanley of the University of Oxford and Professor Roberta Frank of Yale University. As always, we have been happy to welcome scholars and students from around the world who consulted our collection for their own research; Ms. Ruth Möhlig of the University of Köln worked here for an extended period in the Spring. Our staff continues to represent the project at conferences. In March, Pauline Thompson gave a paper at the Symposium on "The Study and Use of the Bible in the Middle Ages and Renaissance" at the University of Western Ontario. In May, Antonette diPaolo Healey attended the Advisory Board meeting at the Richard Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and Manuscript Research at Western Michigan University and attended the 37th International Congress on Medieval Studies where our colleagues Carl Berkhout and Helen Damico were honored. Also in May, she attended the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Medievalists in Toronto during the 2002 Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities. The Dictionary was pleased to host an open house for fellow-medievalists, giving tours of the project and demonstrating our research tools. In July, together with Bob Lewis and Eric Stanley, Antonette diPaolo Healey spoke on "Polysemy" at the Oxford English Dictionary forum in Oxford, and then again at a session of the First International Conference on Historical Lexicography and Lexicology at the University of Leicester. In September, Dorothy Haines gave a paper at a workshop on the Vercelli Book at the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies in Toronto which was also attended by other members of the editorial staff. In December, Antonette diPaolo Healey attended the meeting of the MLA in New York, where she gave a report on the project to the Old English Executive committee.



EDITOR: Antonette diPaolo Healey



David McDougall

Ian McDougall

Pauline Thompson

EDITORIAL STAFF: Catherine Monahan

Peter Mielke (Systems Analyst)

Xin Xiang (Systems Analyst)

Elaine Quanz


Roberta Frank: Yale University

Helmut Gneuss: University of Munich

Simon Keynes: University of Cambridge

Andy Orchard: University of Toronto

Fred C. Robinson: Yale University

Eric Stanley: Pembroke College, Oxford


Richard L. Venezky: University of Delaware


Aidan Conti

Sarah Downey

Damian Fleming

Rob Getz

Holly Jagger

Connell Monette

Mark Sundaram


Philippa Geddie (Mentorship student)

Paul Franz (Mentorship student)

EDITOR, Toronto Old English Series: Andy Orchard

EDITOR, Publications of the Dictionary of Old English: Andy Orchard



  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (formerly the Canada Council): Grants in Aid of Research, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975; Major Editorial Grants, 1976-81, 1981-86, 1986-91, 1991-96; Grants from the Federal Matching Funds Policy, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991; Special Presidential Grant, 1993; Consortium Support Programme 1996-98, 1998-2000, 2000-
  • British Academy
  • Connaught Fund, University of Toronto, 1986-1991
  • Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2002-2003
  • Early English Text Society
  • Marc Fitch Fund
  • Foundation for Education and Social Development, Boston
  • Jackman Foundation
  • Macdonald-Stewart Foundation
  • McLean Foundation, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2000
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 1985-90, 1994-99, 2000-
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Tools Program, 1991-93, 1993-95, 1995-98, 1998-2000, 2000-2002, 2002-
  • Presidents' Committee, University of Toronto
  • Salamander Foundation, 1998-2001, 2001-
  • Salus Mundi Foundation
  • University of Toronto
  • Xerox Corporation University Grants Committee


We wish to acknowledge the very generous contributions the project has received during the past year. Donors who supported our research in memory or in honor of individuals are also noted separately at the end of the list. All of us on the project are grateful to each one of you. We would like to mention especially the generous donation of $1,265 from the International Society of Anglo Saxonists. The strong support of the most important scholarly organization in our field has been invaluable to us. We are also very grateful to all those scholars who have kindly donated books to the DOE library. Such contributions of publications, both new and old, enable us to maintain our research collection. We hope to have included all who have so generously supported our work, but must apologize to any donors inadvertently left off this list of acknowledgements. This list encompasses gifts given between December 10, 2001, and December 10, 2002.

Up to $499

Scott Beaver

Estate of Sharon Butler

Jacek Fisiak

Rivi Frankle

Catherine Georgi

F. Roger Higgins

Brenda Hosington

Haruko Momma

William and Lucille Owen

Carol Percy

Richard W. Pfaff

Winifred I. Potter

Paul Remley

Charles R. Smith

E.G. Stanley

Julie Towell

Yoshihiro Yoshino

$500 and above

St. Clair Balfour

Wendy Cameron

Wendy Cecil

Antonette diPaolo Healey

E.D. and M.P. Hirsch

M. Jean Houston

International Society of Anglo-Saxonists

Bill and Allison Kingsmill

Timothy Mark

Philip and Mary Maude

Michiko Ogura

Gordon Pratt

A.G. and Jennifer Rigg

Anonymous (1)


Bill and Allison Kingsmill

Michiko Ogura

Yoshihiro Yoshino


Brenda Hosington


M. Jean Houston

Bill and Allison Kingsmill

Philip and Mary Maude

William and Lucille Owen

Richard W. Pfaff

A.G. and Jennifer Rigg

Yoshihiro Yoshino


Ann Hutchison


Timothy Mark


E.D. and M.P. Hirsch


Antonette diPaolo Healey