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ERIC Number: ED143007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 14
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The Dictionary as a Guide to Word Usage.
Gates, Edward
Many people want a dictionary to give them information about acceptable and unacceptable word usage. The designations "correct" and "incorrect" are not adequate guides, for two reasons: what is acceptable usage does not remain the same from one generation to the next, and some uses that are not appropriate in formal English are appropriate in informal English. "The Dictionary of Idioms for the Deaf," designed to help deaf high school students understand and use idiomatic expressions, provides more usage labels and notes than do other dictionaries. This dictionary provides answers to the following kinds of questions about idiomatic expressions: Is the use of the idiom restricted to certain grammatical forms and constructions or to certain semantic contexts? Is it typically used by only one group in society or in only one kind of situation? Is it used chiefly in one part of the country? Is it considered slang, informal, literary, or formal? Is it in current use? Is it considered taboo or offensive? Is it avoided by careful writers? The dictionary does not give the authoritative "correct" or "incorrect" label that some people want; rather, it reports in what ways a word or phrase is typically used. Readers must use their own judgment about what is appropriate in their own circumstances. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference (Louisville, Kentucky, March 10-11, 1977)