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A New Dictionary of English Field-names

Cavill, Paul; Gregory, Rebecca


Paul Cavill

Rebecca Gregory


This is a major new dictionary of field-names drawing on the collections of the English Place-Name Survey and the pioneering work of John Field, and scholarly work in field-nomenclature of the last twenty years.
With some 45,000 field-name attestations and nearly 2,500 headwords, it is the most comprehensive work on English field-names available.
Names are given in standard and variant forms, and dated early spellings where possible. The meanings of the names are briefly discussed with a range of information relating to naming practices, land-use, shape and size, flora and fauna, history and archaeology, etc.
The book has an accessible introduction by Rebecca Gregory, a user guide, and a list of linguistic elements appearing in field-names.


Cavill, P., & Gregory, R. (2018). A New Dictionary of English Field-names. English Place-Name Society

Book Type Authored Book
Acceptance Date Nov 23, 2018
Publication Date Dec 11, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 10, 2019
Pages 551
Series Title Field-name Studies
Series Number 4
Edition first
ISBN 978 0 904889 98 7 / 978 0 0904889 99 4
Keywords field-names; landscape; agriculture; medieval language; land
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