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TLab Speaker Series

Peter Gilliver lecturing on the Oxford English Dictionary

The TLab Speaker Series features renowned speakers from our TLab travel and learn abroad programs at Oxford, the University of Edinburgh, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Shakespeare's Globe.


Peter Gilliver
November 8-18, 2018
Peter Gilliver has been an editor of the Oxford English Dictionary since 1987, and is now one of the Dictionary's most experienced lexicographers. In addition to his lexicographical work, he has been writing and speaking about the history of the OED for over fifteen years. His book The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, published to great acclaim in 2016, is due out in paperback in November.
In his talk, Peter Gilliver tells the history of the Oxford English Dictionary from its beginnings in the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. He has drawn on a wide range of sources—including previously unexamined archival material and eyewitness testimony—to create a detailed history of the project. He describes the Dictionary's genesis among Victorian scholars inspired by the idea of creating a historical lexicon of the English language, and traces the struggles to bring this concept to fruition, and the development of the book from 1884 to today.
Set Tour Dates
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  • November 8: New York, NY
  • November 9: TBD
  • November 10: Atlanta, GA
  • November 11: Jacksonville, FL
  • November 12: Orlando, FL
  • November 13: Greensboro, NC
  • November 14: Cincinnati, OH
  • November 15: Denver, CO
  • November 16: TBD
  • November 17-18, New Orleans, LA