[Humanist] 28.231 pubs: Dictionary of the Welsh Language (Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru)

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Fri Jul 25 17:23:47 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 231.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:33:05 +0100
        From: Andrew Hawke <ach at aber.ac.uk>
        Subject: Now online and free: Dictionary of the Welsh Language (Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru)

The University of Wales Dictionary of the Welsh Language (Geiriadur
Prifysgol Cymru) is now available online in a full version which is freely
accessible. It is the only standard historical dictionary of Welsh and is
broadly comparable in method and scope with the Oxford English Dictionary.

GPC Online (www.geiriadur.ac.uk) allows the user to search for Welsh
headwords, variant forms, and collocations, as well as synonymous words and
phrases in the English definitions. The vocabulary is defined in Welsh with
English synonyms, so GPC is not intended to be used as a translating
dictionary. However, when the English definitions are searched, the results
are ordered according to the relevance of the searched term in the
definition, so as to give precedence to synonymous words.

GPC Online is the culmination of a process dating back to the early 1920s
when a reading programme was set up at the National Library of Wales by the
University of Wales Board of Celtic Studies to read and collect citations
from all published Welsh material prior to 1800 together with a large
proportion of early Welsh manuscripts and later printed material. Editorial
work began in 1948/9 and the Dictionary was published in 64-page fascicles
from 1950 onwards. The first edition was completed in 2002.

Since then, work has been ongoing to completely re-edit and comprehensively
extend the very earliest sections dealing with A and B as well as adding
entirely new vocabulary throughout the alphabet.

It has been the intention for some time that the Dictionary should go online
but it has been a long process as it was necessary to encode all the
Dictionary data – around eight million words in all – in XML. From now on
the Dictionary will be published online only, although the previously
published volumes and parts are still available to purchase. Further details
will be found on the GPC website:  http://www.geiriadur.ac.uk/


Contact: Andrew Hawke, Managing Editor (geiriadur at cymru.ac.uk)

--Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, Canolfan Uwchefrydiau
Cymreig a Cheltaidd Prifysgol Cymru, Llyfrgell
Genedlaethol Cymru, Aberystwyth, SY23 3HH
University of Wales Dictionary of the Welsh
Language, University of Wales Centre for Advanced
Welsh & Celtic Studies, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, SY23 3HH, UK
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