School of English

The Cameron Lecture 2021

Online (Microsoft Teams)
Friday 15th October 2021 (18:00-19:30)
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The Cameron Lecture

The biennial Cameron lecture is held in memory of Professor Kenneth Cameron. Cameron was Head of English at the University of Nottingham from 1984 to 1987, and was one of the leading figures in place-name study. In 1967, he became Director of the Survey of English Place-Names and moved the library and offices of the English Place-Name Society to Nottingham, where they remain, now housed in the Institute for Name-Studies.

English Place-Names and the Oxford English Dictionary: Surveying the Landscape

Dr Tania Styles, Senior Editor, Oxford English Dictionary

With the centenary of the Survey of English Place-Names fast approaching, this lecture celebrates the long tradition of collaboration between scholars of English place-names and the lexicographers of the Oxford English Dictionary. Using examples from our recent work, it aims to explore some of the ways in which place-name scholarship is being used in the Dictionary today to ensure that the OED continues to serve as the definitive record of the English language.

Tania is a member of the team of editors currently working on a comprehensive revision of the OED. Alongside more general revision of the Dictionary’s content, she also has a specialist role researching, writing, and revising etymologies in the light of new lexicographical evidence and recent scholarship. Before joining the OED in 1999, Tania worked with David Parsons on The Vocabulary of English Place-Names at the Institute for Name-Studies at Nottingham University, where she also spent a period as Research Assistant for the EPNS, collecting material for the county surveys of Lancashire, Norfolk, and County Durham. She is a member of the EPNS council and a former undergraduate student of Kenneth Cameron.

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