The Historical Thesaurus of Scots (HTS) project aims to create a new, online thesaurus covering the vocabulary of Scots from the earliest records to the present day, based on the data in the Dictionary of the Scots Language (www.dsl.ac.uk). This will be the first thesaurus of Scots organised on historical lines and the first comprehensive resource for the Scots language arranged according to synonymy and semantic category. It takes as its model the landmark Historical Thesaurus of English (HTE), begun by the late Professor Michael Samuels at the University of Glasgow in 1965 and completed in 2008 under the direction of Professor Christian Kay.
We hope that the HTS will aid linguists, writers, schools, and the general public study the Scots language, by providing new ways to explore the rich resources of Scots vocabulary. The project is a partnership with Scottish Language Dictionaries (www.scotsdictionaries.org.uk), who are providing the source data from which the thesaurus is compiled.
The first phase of the HTS has been funded by a grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, under the Digital Transformations theme. It focuses on selected subject domains which are rich in Scots vocabulary, including sports & games and weather, in order to create a subset of the thesaurus which will be made available online by the end of September 2015.