Middle English Dictionary

Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2012

The Middle English Dictionary is an authoritative work on Middle English, covering the lexicon and usage of English from after the Norman Conquest to the beginning of the printing press (1100 to 1500). Compiled by the University of Michigan, this dictionary has been called "the greatest achievement in medieval scholarship in America" and can be freely accessed online in an electronic version that not only preserves the original contents but also gives users powerful search tools not provided by the print version.

Features:

  • Based on a huge corpus of Middle English texts including texts contributed by the University of Michigan, texts provided by the Oxford Text Archive, and texts specifically created for the corpus
  • Offers multiple search possibilities (word search, entry search, quotation search) and search options (Boolean search, proximity search, combination search), each with highly tweakable settings designed to help users find exactly what they are looking for
  • Offers the full original corpus in browsable form
  • Comes complete with a detailed user's guide that makes using the dictionary a breeze
Site URL: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/med/

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The Spelling Blog

Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Johanna Stirling's The Spelling Blog publishes insightful articles about English spelling, offering readers useful tips on how to learn it. The blog also provides English teachers with practical advice on how to teach spelling. Read The Spelling Blog and gain new looks at a subject that is more often than not referred to as "dry", or, to use the blog author's words, "fuddy-duddy".

Features:

  • Categorized posts examining various aspects of English spelling learning and teaching, from basic rules such as the 'i'-before-'e' rule to more "advanced" topics such as homophones and loanwords
  • Embedded videos provided throughout along with short quizzes and activities, ideal for self-study
  • Printable/photocopiable worksheets in PDF format, audio files, and PowerPoint presentations for free download
Site URL: http://thespellingblog.blogspot.com/

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