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ERIC Number: ED309773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Pages: 13
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"M" to "Moonless": Lexical Databases in Development.
Beam, Paul; Huntley, Frank
This paper describes the characteristics of lexicographic software programs used in a module on Alexander Pope's "The Rape of the Lock," a major component of a course on computer-assisted learning (CAL) at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Two of the databases are specific to that school and are small, individualized, and frequently adapted in response to student request. The other is the New Oxford English Dictionary (NOED), which is being developed jointly by Oxford University Press and the University of Waterloo. At the time of this study, the only segment of NOED available for use was the alphabetical range of M through Moonless. This became a prototype of one of three sources of research for students using the CAL module, the other two being a bibliography and a lexicon specific to an understanding of terms in the context of Pope's work. The NOED has a projected 500,000 main headwords, 2.2 million citations, and 425,000 cross-references, and cannot be altered or annotated. Because accessing and managing the information from an unrestricted dictionary of this size can be intimidating for the naive user (i.e., the student), the two smaller database systems were assimilated into files extracted from NOED which are easily modifiable by instructors. Also discussed are questions about defining user need, the sophistication level of users, and awareness, and the overall effectiveness of lexical materials. (SD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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