A Pilot Historical Thesaurus of Scots - Susan Rennie

Flash presentation at a workshop for 'Scotland's National Collections and the Digital Humanities,' a knowledge-exchange project hosted at the University of Edinburgh. 14 Feb. 2014.
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  • 1. A Pilot Historical Thesaurus of Scots (PHiTS) Dr Susan Rennie, University of Glasgow
  • 2. PHiTS is… • funded under the AHRC Digital Transformations Theme (Big Data) • a 15-month project, running from January 2014 to March 2015 • a partnership with Scottish Language Dictionaries (
  • 3. PHiTS: Aims • first stage of project to compile a full Historical Thesaurus of Scots (HTS) • the first thesaurus of Scots to be organised on historical lines • the first comprehensive resource for Scots to be arranged according to synonymy and semantic category • information on over eight centuries of Scottish life as seen through the language of Lowland Scotland
  • 4. PHiTS: Our Data • Dictionary of the Scots Language ( • The Scots Thesaurus, ed. Macleod et al (1990)
  • 5. PHiTS (and Starts) Pilot phase will focus on selected semantic and lexical categories, including: • sports and games • food • clothing • weather • idioms and proverbs
  • 6. PHiTS: Weather forecast Ways to describe SNOW in Scots: • FEEFLE To swirl, as of snow round a corner • FEUCHTER Of snow: to fall lightly, to come down in odd flakes • FLAUCHT A flake, esp. of snow • FYOONACH A sprinkling of snow, as much as just whitens the ground
  • 7. PHiTS: to come Launching soon… • Project website and blog • Social media #ScotsThesaurus • Prototype HTS online in 2015 • Schools resources /historicalthesaurusofscots/
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