“Expanding the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) historical thesaurus”
From the Oxford English Dictionary:
The OED Historical Thesaurus (HTOED) is a semantic network of WD senses classified by concept or meaning. It allows users to explore the different ways meanings have been expressed in English over time and to find out what synonyms were available for particular words at different times. His data has also been used to support various other research projects, such as semantic tagging of historical corpora and analysis of metaphorical patterns in English.
HTOED was created at the University of Glasgow in the late 1960s, and was largely based on data from the second edition of the WD. But as the WD continues to be revised and new words, meanings and phrases are added, these should be related to HTOED in order to present a complete semantic history of the language, and to allow HTOED realize its full potential to support a wide range of linguistic and historical research Over the past few years, as part of the OED100 project, we have worked to expand HTOED thus, using a partially automated process: we developed a tool to automatically identify possible meaning classifications (based on features such as definition wording, cross-references and labels), and a team editors manually checks and modifies the proposed classifications. Through this project, we have connected more than 55,000 other WD meaning to HTOED categories so far.
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