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ERIC Number: ED140603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 16
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Linguistics and Bilingual Dictionaries. Studies in Language Learning, Vol. I, No. 1, Fall 1975.
Zgusta, Ladislav
There are various types of dictionaries, depending on the goals for which a dictionary is compiled. The main intention of a bilingual dictionary is to indicate the semantic equivalence of the lexical items of two languages. Bilingual dictionaries are used primarily for two purposes: a speaker of the target language uses the dictionary in order to understand texts written in the source language and a speaker of the source language uses it to speak or write in the target language. Bilingual lexicography has made great progress in establishing types of dictionaries and in finding techniques of semantic and grammatical indications. There are two areas, however, where future research is necessary. First, a question which needs answering is "Which types of bilingual dictionaries should be used by the foreign language learner, and in what sequence should they be used?" Secondly, current studies which stress the study of sentences should be investigated by lexicographers. This stress does not necessarily run counter to the interests of the lexicographer, who deals primarily with lexical units. These studies should be investigated for two reasons: (1) current syntactic research contains many observations concerning concrete lexical units which deserve incorporation into the dictionary; (2) the lexicographer's task is to indicate as many as possible of the grammatical and semantic requirements and constraints that apply to a lexical unit. (CFM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Unit for Foreign Language Study and Research.