ERIC Number: ED453663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Dictionary, Systemicity, Motivation.
Edinburgh Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, n10 p1-14 2000
Recent lexicographical work, especially in dictionaries aimed at the Teaching English-as-a-foreign-language (TEFL) market, has tended towards a functional grouping of vocabulary items in thesaurus format, rather than the traditional alphabetical approach of dictionaries. One reason for this, stemming from a more communicative approach to language teaching, is the idea that words are best understood and distinguished when presented as part of a meaning system in isolation. This approach fails, however, to capture the unity of meaning inherent in individual lexemes that is, or can be, demonstrated within the original lexeme-based approach. It is argued that both a lexeme's place within a meaning system and the connections between different senses of each individual lexeme constitute integral parts of its meaning and are essential for a full understanding of the item. It concludes that dictionaries should attempt to capture both sets of relationships within their format and examines ways in which this might be possible, presenting sample entries for modal auxiliaries "can,""could," and "should." (Contains 10 references.) (Author/KFT)
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Definitions, Dictionaries, English (Second Language), Grammar, Lexicography, Vocabulary Development
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Note: For Edinburgh Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, 2000, see FL 026 722.