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Der von der Uni­ver­sität Glas­gow her­aus­gegebene The­saurus doku­men­tiert Bedeu­tungsen­twick­lun­gen im englis­chen Vok­ab­u­lar:

It con­sists of almost every record­ed word in Eng­lish from ear­ly medieval times to the present day, all arranged into detailed hier­ar­chies of mean­ing.

Of major inter­est to lin­guists, philol­o­gists, his­to­ri­ans, philoso­phers, and the gen­er­al read­er, the His­tor­i­cal The­saurus there­fore maps a millennium’s worth of evo­lu­tion of lan­guage, cul­ture, and soci­ety through­out the Eng­lish-speak­ing world. It is unique both in its cov­er­age and in its method; the data avail­able through this online sec­ond edi­tion enables users to pin­point the range of mean­ings of a word through­out its his­to­ry, explore a word’s syn­onyms across time, visu­al­ize our data in new ways, and fol­low the rela­tion­ship of words to oth­ers of more gen­er­al or more spe­cif­ic mean­ing. In addi­tion to pro­vid­ing hith­er­to unavail­able infor­ma­tion for lin­guists, his­to­ri­ans of lan­guage, authors, stu­dents of Eng­lish, and tex­tu­al schol­ars, the The­saurus is a rich resource for inves­ti­gat­ing social and cul­tur­al his­to­ry, show­ing the devel­op­ment of con­cepts through the shift­ing words used to describe them through­out the his­to­ry of Eng­lish.

The The­saurus is pri­mar­i­ly based on the Oxford Eng­lish Dic­tio­nary with addi­tion­al mate­ri­als from A The­saurus of Old Eng­lish. Our first edi­tion was pub­lished in print as the His­tor­i­cal The­saurus of the OED by Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press in 2009, and our sec­ond edi­tion is pub­lished on this site from 2020 onwards.

Man kann im The­saurus suchen oder nach The­menge­bi­eten stöbern.

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