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ERIC Number: ED041881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 40
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The Dictionary: Describer or Prescriber? Unit 805.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Curriculum Development in English.
In this unit on the dictionary, for the eighth grade, sample worksheets and discussion questions employing excerpts from various dictionaries (e.g., "English Dictionary 1775,""Cawdrey's A Table Alphabeticall, 1604,""Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary." and "Webster's Third International Dictionary") both (1) encourage students to consider the purpose of a dictionary and to understand the distinction between prescription and description, and (2) make students more conscious of the limitations of a dictionary as recorder rather than legislator of language change and variety. Consideration is given to underlying concepts about language usage and processes of change in language--generalization, specialization, degradation, and elevation. Sample examination questions, suggested class activities, and a bibliography are provided. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (MF)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Curriculum Development in English.