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The Early Modern English Dictionaries Database

Edited by Ian Lancashire of the Department of English at the University of Toronto this online database offers access to 127,000 word-entries from eleven dictionaries from 1530 to 1657. Several search options are available and users may select individual dictionaries or all of them. Additional resources at the site include a helpful overview of EMEDD, a short piece on Renaissance word-meaning, a...
Beowulf: A New Translation for Oral Delivery

With its use of alliterative verse and rousing subject matter, the epic poem Beowulf has been adored and analyzed for over a millennium. The poem was originally composed in Old English, and it has been translated into dozens of languages over the centuries. Generally, translators have attempted to reproduce one or more of its features or qualities at the expense of others. This particular...
That's What they Say

That's What They Say is a delightful podcast about the history and modern-day use of the English language. For the past several years, Michigan Public Radio's Rina Miller and University of Michigan English professor Anne Curzan have hosted the program, which airs on Sunday mornings. Readers can browse and listen to the show's complete archive on Michigan Public Radio's website. These short, four-...