Better Words

Evaluating EFL Dictionaries

Gabrielle Stein

Better Words

Gabrielle Stein

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

264 pages | 9-1/10 x 6-1/10 | © 2002
Cloth $93.00 ISBN: 9780859897198 Published January 2002 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Better Words provides an introduction to EFL lexicography and an insight into its fundamental issues and problems. It describes in detail the major changes that have occurred in the production of EFL dictionaries over recent decades and will help teachers and their students to assess the description of the word stock on offer and to decide which EFL dictionary is the most adequate for their specific purposes.
During the last twenty-five years lexicographers and their publishers have experimented with new ways of describing and presenting the words included in their EFL dictionaries to make them more accessible to users. This book compares these dictionaries and critically reviews the lexicographal achievements in the description and presentation of word meanings, registers, exemplification, cultural contexts and pictorial illustrations. It also examines the advantages and disadvantages of using a bilingual and a monolingual EFL dictionary.
Better Words is a companion volume to Chosen Words: Past and Present Problems for Dictionary Makers by Noel Osselton (1995) and Living Words: Language, Lexicography and the Knowledge Revolution by Tom McArthur (1998). Both are published by University of Exeter Press in the series Exeter Language and Lexicography. The general editors of this series are Reinhard Hartmann and Tom McArthur.

1.   Foreword

2.    The English Dictionary : Past, Present and Future

3.    EFL Dictionaries, the Teacher and the Student

4.    From the Bilingual to the Monolingual Dictionary

5.   The Best of British and American Lexicography

6.   Word-Formation in Modern English Dictionaries

7.   Recent Developments in EFL Dictionaries

8.   The Dictionary and the Language Learner

9.   EFL Dictionaries: Meaning, Culture, Illustrations

10. Social and Stylistic Stratification in English Vocabulary and Its Treatment in Pedagogical Dictionaries

11.  Illustrations in Dictionaries

12.  Exemplification in EFL Dictionaries


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