End of ADS-L Digest - 18 Mar 1996 to 19 Mar 1996 ************************************************ There are 20 messages totalling 456 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. AHD 2nd edition (7) 2. May/Might : epistemics and tense 3. Red eye gravy (2) 4. may/might distinction (3) 5. Red eye gravy -Reply 6. see the elephant (2) 7. Say what? 8. your mail 9. Oklahoma Red-Eye Gravy - (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 23:45:57 +1608 From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: AHD 2nd edition >I'm trying to track down the second edition of the American Heritage >Dictionary. I was told it has more extensive etymological information >than most desktop dictionaries. Is this true and is it still >available somewhere? > I think you must have heard that about the 1st. I think I still have two copies. I'll have to check some boxes I brought home from the office. If I have two, I'll send you one. I haven't compared the 1st and 3rd, but I'd expect the 3rd to have more than the 1st and to have corrected some errors. Even so, I still like the 1st. The 2nd removed the appendix of Indo-European roots, and linguists howled, though freshman comp teachers didn't care. So in 1985 Houghton Mifflin put out a paperback "The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots," which sort of made up for their mistake. Unfortunately that little book is out of print and out of stock. I met an (East) Indian scholar who had a use for the book about five years ago and asked our Houghton book rep if he could get me a copy. He told me they were totally out of stock, but he managed to talk someone out of a copy from his office. I did find out that this 1985 book had some revisions that reflected Calvert Watkins' later research, and perhaps responses to emendations sent in by users of AHS1. Do you have AHD3? If I can, I'll send you the AHS1, because I think language scholars should have copies of different editions of the major dictionaries; I now wish I'd systematically collected dictionaries over the years. Houghton also set a new trend with a 1970s printing of AHD1. Previously, dictionary publishers used some shade of blue to make their product look a little like G&C Merriam's real Webster's, but AHD came out in red. Several other companies, including Merriam, started using red too. Dictionaries are historical documents, you know, not just guides to usage and spelling/pronunciation. Donald M. Lance, University of Missouri engdl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]showme.missouri.edu