British Academy Review

British Academy Review

The latest British Academy Review carries an article about the Dictionary looking at its history and development.


A few enquiries in recent weeks have asked whether a set of hard covers for binding vol. II of the Dictionary are or will be available, like the set that has accompanied Fasc. V to be used for binding vol. I. We can confirm that no covers are being produced for binding vol. II nor are there any plans for producing any. Those who wish to bind their copies of Fascicules VI to XVII will need to ask their binder to supply a suitable cover or covers.

Website usage

WebsiteOur project website has reached its second anniversary and so here are some statistics for the last year (courtesy of Google Analytics). Last year’s figures are in brackets.

Number of visits: 14480 (7253)

Number of page-views: 38729 (18412)

Number of unique visitors: 11995 (5988)

Number of countries from which pages have been viewed: 136 (117), of which 65 (48) have been the source of 10 or more visits

Greatest number of visits in one day: 918 on 10 Dec 14 (148 on 27 Feb 13)

Most visited pages:



We are continuing to work towards implementing our plans for electronic publication of the DMLBS and we will announce further details on this if and when we are in a position to do so. We regret that at present we remain unable to confirm if or when a version of the DMLBS will be available online and on what basis. (The full printed dictionary is of course now available and so the fruits of our long-running research are gradually making themselves known across the world, with many hundreds of copies already purchased.)

Little Domesday f. 49v

Little Domesday f. 49v

It’s important to us that any eventual electronic publication tries to meet the needs of the community from the Dictionary’s text, and we are thus interested in current and potential DMLBS users and their work. Accordingly with a view to online publication we’d be interested to hear from current or potential users of the Dictionary about their use of the existing Dictionary and other lexical aids.

A brief survey about this is now available: if you’re a present user of the Dictionary or a possible future one, please click on the Domesday image above to take the survey and let us know how and for what you (might) use the Dictionary. We hope to use the results to help guide some of the decisions that will need to be taken when any development work for an online dictionary gets going.

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