Dictionary of Old English Corpus (DOE Corpus)

The Dictionary of Old English Electronic Corpus is a comprehensive record of surviving Old English except for some variant manuscripts of individual texts. There are 3060 texts in the Corpus presented in two formats: eXtensible Markup Language (XML), TEI-P5 conformant, and HyperText Markup Language (HTML).

Project leader: Antonette diPaolo Healey
Time of compilation: 1975–
Size: ca. 3 million running words of Old English, ca. 1 million running words of Latin
Languages: English
Number of texts/samples: 3060 texts
Period: ca. 600–1150
Released: 1981 (1st release), 2009 (current release)
Corpus web site: www.doe.utoronto.ca

Reference lines and copyright

Dictionary of Old English Corpus; original release (1981) compiled by Angus Cameron, Ashley Crandell Amos, Sharon Butler, and Antonette diPaolo Healey (Toronto: DOE Project 1981); 2009 release compiled by Antonette diPaolo Healey, Joan Holland, Ian McDougall, and David McDougall, with TEI-P5 conformant-version by Xin Xiang (Toronto: DOE Project 2009).

The scholar must take responsibility for clearing copyright with the individual editors / publishers of the editions used in his / her own citation of the material; the DOE owns copyright on the compilation and its tagging. The material may not be made available on the internet and can not be copied and / or (re)distributed.


A bibliographic tool to the Old English texts and the Latin sources cited in the DOE is available at: http://www.doe.utoronto.ca/st/index.html


Compilers of the 2009 release are: Antonette diPaolo Healey, Joan Holland, David McDougall, and Ian McDougall

Copy-editor for the 2009 release is Catherine Monahan

Systems Analyst for the 2009 release is Xin Xiang


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The 2009 release of the Dictionary of Old English Corpus has been funded in part by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency. Other supporters include the British Academy, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Jackman Foundation, the McLean Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Salamander Foundation, the St. George’s Society, the Triangle Community Foundation, and the University of Toronto.

Associated projects

Dictionary of Old English