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The Revolution of English Lexicography
John Simpson
Oxford English Dictionary
John Simpson

John Simpson is Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. He read English at the University of York and Medieval Studies at the University of Reading, after which he joined the staff of the OED under Dr. Robert Burchfield, working on the Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary. He was co-editor (with Edmund Weiner) of the Second Edition of the OED (1989) and is now Chief Editor of the first comprehensive revision of the OED, which has been published incrementally online since 2000 and will culminate in the OED's Third Edition. Among other things, he has edited the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs and (with John Ayto) the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang. He is a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford, and a member of the University of Oxford Faculty of English.


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1. William A. Craigie, unpublished letter to R. W. Chapman, OUP PP/1926/145.i. Printed here, as with subsequent quotations from archival material, by kind permission of the Secretary to the Delegates of Oxford University Press.

2. William A. Craigie, "American Dictionary Schemes" (OUP PP/1927/3/2.i).

3. William A. Craigie, letter to R. W. Chapman, 29 November 1926 (OUP PP/1926/145.i).