Help Us Define the First Chapter of English

Based at the University of Toronto, Canada’s leading research university, the Dictionary of Old English (DOE) is an international effort to identify and define the vocabulary of the beginnings of the English language (CE 600–1150). A pioneer in the application of technology to lexicography, the DOE has made its scholarship accessible on the Internet and revolutionized how humanities research is done.

“The DOE is an outstanding international research project that The Salamander Foundation has been very pleased to support for well over 15 years. Old English provides the basic building blocks of the English language.  The DOE is already linked electronically with the Middle and Oxford English Dictionaries, and together they will give us a complete record of the most commonly spoken language in the world. The DOE is a unique project, and I hope that whoever is in a position to support it to the degree that they can, will do so wholeheartedly.”     

NAN SHUTTLEWORTH President, The Salamander Foundation


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Niamh Earls Hallworth
Senior Development Officer, Legacy and Leadership Giving
Faculty of Arts & Science

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