Understanding Dictionaries: Survey Findings
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Your taskWhat kind of dictionaries do your friends or colleagues use, and what do they use them for?Has a teacher ever recommended a dictionary for you to use? What advice did they give, and was it useful?
ReferencesBae, S. and Nesi, H. (2014) ‘Korean and English ‘dictionary’ questions: what does the public want to know?’ Lexicography [online] 1 (1), 53-71. available from https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40607-014-0002-3 [4 November 2019]Barnhart, C. (1962) ‘Problems in Editing Commercial Monolingual Dictionaries’. in Householder, F. W. & Saporta, S (eds.) Problems in Lexicography. Bloomington: Indiana Research Centre for Language and Semiotic Studies. reprinted in R.R.K. Hartmann (ed) (2003) Lexicography: Critical Concepts. Volume 1: Dictionaries, Compilers, Critics, and Users London: Routledge, 285-301.Battenburg, J. (1991) English Monolingual Learners’ Dictionaries: A User-oriented Study. Lexicographica Series Maior 39. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag.Hanks, P. (2009) ‘Compiling a Monolingual Dictionary for Native Speakers’ in Research Institute in Information and Language Processing (RIILP), University of Wolverhampton [online] available from http://videolectures.net/slovarji09_hanks_camdf/ [4 November 2019]Kosem, I., Lew, R., Müller-Spitzer, C., Ribeiro Silveira, M. and Wolfer S. (2018). ‘The Image of the Monolingual Dictionary Across Europe. Results of the European Survey of Dictionary Use and Culture.’ in International Journal of Lexicography. [online] 32(1), 92-114. available from https://academic.oup.com/ijl/article-abstract/32/1/92/5237031 [4 November 2019]Lew, R. (2011) ‘User studies: Opportunities and limitations.’ in: Akasu, Kaoru and Satoru Uchida (eds.), ASIALEX2011 Proceedings Seventh ASIALEX Biennial International Conference. Kyoto, Japan, 22-24 August, 2011. Kyoto: Asian Association for Lexicography [online] 7-16. available from https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/a15e/3eeedb4fdf7f7b87f66bdc19e88cbc71bf20.pdf [4 November 2019] Lew, R. (2004) Which Dictionary for Whom? Receptive Use of Bilingual, Monolingual and Semi-bilingual Dictionaries by Polish Learners of English. Poznan: Motivex [online] available from https://repozytorium.amu.edu.pl/bitstream/10593/655/1/Lew_2004_book.pdf [4 November 2019]Nesi, H. (2013) ‘Researching Users and Uses of Dictionaries’. in The Bloomsbury Companion to Lexicography. ed. by H. Jackson. London: Bloomsbury, 62-74.Nesi, H. (2013) ‘Researching Users and Uses of Dictionaries.’ in H. Jackson (ed.) The Bloomsbury Companion to Lexicography. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 62-74. Nesi, H. (2015) ‘Thirty Years of User Studies– And what we still need to find out’. in L. Li, J. McKeown, and L. Liu (eds.), Words, Dictionaries and Corpora: Innovations in reference science: Proceedings of ASIALEX 2015 Hong Kong: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 1-8Quirk, R. (1973) ‘The Social Impact of Dictionaries in the UK’. in R.I. McDavid and A.R. Duckert (eds) Lexicography in English. New York: Academy of Sciences, 76-88. reprinted in R.R.K. Hartmann (ed) (2003) Lexicography: Critical Concepts. Volume 1: Dictionaries, Compilers, Critics, and Users. London: Routledge, 312-326Taylor, A., and& Chan, A. (1994) ‘Pocket Electronic Dictionaries and Their Use’. iIn W. Martin, W. Meijs, M. Moerland, E. Ten Pas, P. van Sterkenburg & P. Vossen (eds.) Proceedings of the 6th Euralex International Congress. Amsterdam: Euralex, 598-605. [online] available from http://euralex.org/wp-content/themes/euralex/proceedings/Euralex%201994/67_Euralex_Andrew%20Taylor%20and%20Adelaide%20Chan%20-%20Pocket%20Electronic%20Dictionaries%20and%20their%20Use.pdf [4 November 2019]Tomaszczyk, J. (1979) ‘Dictionaries: Users and Uses’. Glottodidactica 12, 103-119.Tono, Y. (2001) ‘Research on Dictionary Use in the Context of Foreign Language Learning: Focus on Reading Comprehension.’ Lexicographica Series Maior 106. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag.
Further readingThese two articles review previous dictionary user studies – and discuss what we still need to find out. The first article is by Robert Lew (2011), User studies: Opportunities and limitations (PDF) and the second is by Hilary Nesi (2015) Thirty Years of User Studies – And what we still need to find out, in Proceedings of the ASIALEX Conference 2015, pages 1-8.See also a talk by Patrick Hanks. Specifically look at 18.25-21.00 for his comments about checking dictionaries for spelling and usage, Compiling a monolingual dictionary for native speakers.This page from Adaptive Learning in ELT, a blog by Philip Kerr might be useful for those of you who are English language teachers.
Understanding English Dictionaries
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