Indispensible from inception

The dictionary's current interface, with search completion and advanced search, is absolutely invaluable for the study of Old English, and an immense leap forward from Sean Crist's old tabulated display (which was highly useful in itself for making the images and proofread text available online to begin with).

I have my students at the University of Toronto use it alongside Toronto's online Dictionary of Old English, which is also how I use it myself.

The Charles University-funded project is an outstanding example of how the digital humanities should proceed, not only making existing resources more accessible but employing the technology of databases and advanced search queries to access the materials in new ways while crowdsourcing the proofreading process.

I am as pleased with the dictionary's current functionality as I am delighted whenever it undergoes step-by-step improvements, as with the recent inclusion of phonetic information.

It is imperative that this project remain funded, not only to maintain current levels of service but also to encourage further innovation and digital integration of the humanities by attracting more student-assistants to come up with ways of improving the speed of word completion, bring the corpus to new platforms, and integrate the dictionary with external online resources.

Most of all, the project should continue to encourage students to combine historical linguistics with web programming.


Paul Langeslag

Centre for Medieval Studies

University of Toronto


i fully second and support paul's assessment.

i made, am making and will continue to make heavy use of this page (as well as sean's 'original' at the GLP) both in research and teaching. my old english students repeatedly expressed their gratitude for this excellent tool.

i can but hope that this project will continue to be maintained and expanded indefinetly.

keep up the great work!


florian dolberg

english linguistics

university of hamburg