This course was an introduction to the world of dictionaries.
We started by asking you how you use dictionaries, and what you think about them. We then looked at different types of dictionaries, and the different ways they can be used.
We explored and examined the component parts of a dictionary entry, from definition to usage notes, examples, register labels, and other sorts of information.
You learned about the different sources that provide evidence for the language information that is recorded in dictionaries, and you found out what a corpus is and how corpora have helped dictionaries. You also learned about who decides which words go in a dictionary and how lexicographers write clear definitions for words.
Next, we provided an overview of the current trends in lexicography, including how we can use computers to help lexicographers in a number of tasks. Finally, we reflected on the future of dictionaries and encouraged you to share your views of their role in today’s world.
Your final task
Share your reflections on your learning journey during this six-week course.
What were the key points that have helped you develop your understanding of dictionaries further?
Has your perception of dictionaries changed since you completed the course?
We hope the content of this course has given you new insight, and that you were inspired by other learners and their experiences.
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