Robert Burchfield

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Robert Burchfield, who has been Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary since 1957, was born in New Zealand. After fighting in Italy during the war, he came to England to complete his education and stayed on to be a lecturer at Oxford University. In conversation with Roy Plomley, he talks about his career and discusses the many problems associated with compiling dictionaries.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

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40 minutes

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Fri 26 Apr 1985 09:05


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PresenterRoy Plomley
Interviewed GuestRobert Burchfield

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