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- Concerns the same aspects as lexicography but is meant to lead to the development of principles that can improve the quality of future dictionaries. Several branches of such academic dictionary research are:
Dictionary criticism - evaluating the quality of one or more dictionaries
Dictionary history - tracing the traditions of a type of dictionary in a particular country or language
Dictionary typology - classifying the various genres of reference works (ex: monolingual versus bilingual dictionary)
Dictionary structure - formatting the various ways in which the information is presented in a dictionary
Dictionary use - observing the reference acts and skills of dictionary users
Dictionary IT - applying computer aids to the process of dictionary compilation
Relevance to Language Learning/ Corpus Linguistics
Printed bilingualised learners’ dictionaries, typically include an L2 definition immediately followed by an L1 translation and provide access to both monolingual and bilingual information.
The corpora that they use to produce the dictionary:
HOW THEY DECIDE?
Current, reliable, user friendly, more information, and relevency.
Corpora is used for the production of dictionary and grammar books.
Examples : Collins Cobuild, British National Corpus (BNC) , Longman Corpus Network and Online Dictionaries.
COBUILD Corpus of Spoken and Written British, American and Australian English, LOB Corpus of Written British English, Kohlapur Corpus of Written Indian English, London-Lund Corpus of Spoken British English, UTS/Macquarie Corpus of Spoken Australian English.
Topic : “Improving Dictionary Skills in Ndebele” by Samukele Hadebe, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Level: School pupils, Ndebele community.
Purpose : To improve dictionary skills amongst the Ndebele.
Method : Incorporating the teaching of dictionary skills into teacher training .
Tool : Dictionaries
Findings : Current and future Ndebele dictionaries are likely to remain underutilised unless users develop requisite skills for dictionary use. Dictionary skills is improved when the teaching of reference skills is incorporated in the school syllabus.
Topic : “An investigation into the effect of English learners’ dictionaries on international students’ acquisition of the English article system” by Julia Miller, Flinders University Student Learning Centre.
Level : Postgraduate international students involved in an introductory academic program at a South Australian university, with an average length of English study from 7 to 10 years. Group 1 & 4 = 32. Group 2 & 3 = 34.
Purpose : Aims to investigate the effectiveness of dictionary use for ESL students studying the English article system, specifically in regard to countability.
Method : 4 groups - In Stage one, at the start of the session, each student was given a pre-test exercise consisting of five passages from which articles had been deleted. In Stage two, after the pre-test exercise, a lesson was taught on the English article system, during which students were encouraged to remember or deduce their own rules in respect to article usage. In Stage three, at the end of the session, they were asked to do a post-test exercise and complete a questionnaire. The lesson was identical for all the groups, but Groups 2 and 3 were given basic instruction in how to use a learners’ dictionary and were requested to use the dictionary for the post-test exercise.
Tool : Dictionaries - Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary; Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary; and Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.
Findings : Not all the students in Groups 2 and 3 used the dictionaries provided. However, these groups had more correct answers post-test, especially in the gap-fill exercises. The non-dictionary Groups 1 and 4 made more changes in total (both correct and incorrect) from pre- to post-test. This would seem to indicate that the use of the dictionary guided groups 2 and 3 in their choices and prompted them to think more carefully and make fewer random changes.
Professor Kev Nair is regarded as the father of fluency lexicography . - Fluency lexicography came into existence as a separate branch of dictionary writing
Lexicography is not merely focusing on English language but also other language as well like Arabic Lexicography and German Lexicography.
Lexicographer is a linguist whose specific expertise is in writing dictionaries.
A lexicographer is concerned with what words are, what they mean, how the vocabulary of a language is structured, how speakers of the language use and understand the words, how the words evolved and what relationships exists between words.