Germanic Lexicon Project
Author: Sean Crist (Nuance Communications)
Email: kurisuto at panix dot com
Date: 2015-01-14 16:52:49
Subject: Re: History of B&T at GLP
> I appreciate it may not be practical to find this now, so thank you for taking
> the time to answer my questions. I will report that the OED 'may not'
> have been able to find 'onion' in a search in 2004, and, when the
> paper is published I shall let you know as I think it will be an excellent
> demonstration of the service you have provided by digitizing B&T so well.
Wait-- do you know for a fact that the OED staff was searching the text in 2004?
For one thing, it would be gratifying to know that this was the case.
It's also an interesting footnote. Between 2001-2005, I submitted around a half dozen major grant proposals related to the project; I would have been able to work on it full-time and hire some student assistants. The grant proposal reviews were always positive, but I never quite made the final cut. I don't imagine that the outcome would have been different if I had mentioned that the OED staff was using the resources, but that kind of window dressing never hurts. Without funding to pursue the project further, I left academia in 2006 and went to industry.