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NEH Award Announcement

The U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant to “Johnson’s Dictionary Online: A Searchable Edition of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language [1755, 1773].” The project team is headed by Beth Rapp Young at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Jack Lynch (Rutgers) is the project’s Lead Editor. Together with UCF's Carmen Faye Mathes, Amy Larner Giroux, and William Dorner, the team will create a digital scholarly edition of Johnson’s 1st [1755] and 4th [1773] folio dictionaries. When completed, the project will offer search functionality comparable to other modern dictionaries, and it will be freely available at johnsonsdictionaryonline.com, replacing the crowd-sourced edition currently there. Researchers will be able to view transcriptions in plain text, side-by-side with facsimile images provided by The Warren N. and Suzanne B. Cordell Collection of Dictionaries at Indiana State University. Also contributing to the project are consultants Marc Alexander (University of Glasgow) and David-Antoine Williams (St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo), and Advisory Board members Robert DeMaria, Jr. (Vassar), Mark Kamrath (UCF), Lynda Mugglestone (Pembroke College, Oxford), and Allen Reddick (University of Zurich). The team is working behind the scenes now; the first stage of the project should be available online by September 2020.

Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "NEH Award Announcement." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: October 1, 2019. https://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/neh-award-announcement/.



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