This article begins by discussing some of the factors that determine the content of the quotation paragraphs in an historical dictionary and compares how they apply to the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) and to the Oxford English Dictionary. Basic policies and how they are implemented are important, but equally important is the quality of the material you have to select from; this material includes not only the quotations already on hand, but also the potential body of quotations available to lexicographers from a variety of resources. It is this last factor that has changed radically since the earlier volumes of DARE were published, with the advent of the Internet. The rest of the article takes a statistical look at the quotation paragraphs in DARE and how they have (and have not) changed over the years in response to this and other factors, with special emphasis on the documentation of chronology.
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George H. Goebel; DARE: DOCUMENTATION AND DATING. American Speech 1 August 2013; 88 (3): 261–274. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00031283-2413966
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