Posted on 05/17/2021 at 05:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you were asked to guess when the first definitive Canadian dictionary was published, would you have said the 1990s?

We wouldn’t blame you if not — that does seem quite recent.

But that’s when Oxford University Press hired Katherine Barber as the founding editor of its Canadian dictionary.

The New York Times highlighted that fact in its obituary of Barber, who died April 24 at age sixty-one.

It describes the various techniques that Barber employed to create something that wasn’t simply a lightly adapted version of the British or American dictionary, as well as her other life accomplishments and linguistic contributions.

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