Ømålsordbogen og mejetærskergenerationen
Ømålsordbogen and the Combine Harvester Generation. The topic of this paper is the
description of neologisms in a Danish dialect dictionary, Ømålsordbogen (The Dictionary of the
Insular Dialects). Ømålsordbogen covers the period from 1750-1945 with 1850-1920 as its core
period. The description of the neologisms in the dictionary, especially those reflecting agricultural
developments in the late 19th and early 20th century, has become more thorough than originally
planned regarding both definitions, encyclopaedic information and selection of entries. This
growing interest in the later part of the period covered by the dictionary could be explained by
the fact that this period has now become historical whereas in the 1920’s, when the project began,
these newer phenomena were contemporary to the editors and considered to be of less interest
– or simply left unnoticed.
Nordisk Forening for Leksikografi/NSL og forfatterne.