This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in International Journal of Lexicography following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version International Journal of Lexicography, 2009, 22 (1), pp. 1-22 is available online at: http://ijl.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/1/1Lexicographers often provide an account of their working practices and policies, and reviewers and researchers generally take this on trust. Forensic dictionary analysis uses evidence-based methodologies to interrogate the dictionaries themselves about decision-making processes involved in their compilation. The version of events that this reveals is sometimes quite different from compilers’ accounts. This paper builds on a variety of approaches in historical dictionary research—statistical, textual, contextual, and qualitative—to present forensic dictionary analysis as a technique that allows researchers to examine and understand the complex relationships between editorial policy and lexicographic practice.Peer-reviewedPost-prin
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