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Mon May 11 2009

Diss: Applied Linguistics/Lexicography: Li: 'Semantic-Pragmatic...'

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Message 1: Semantic-Pragmatic Information in Dictionaries Used by Chinese and Danish Learners of English: A comparative study
Date: 11-May-2009
From: Saihong Li <saihonglihotmail.com>
Subject: Semantic-Pragmatic Information in Dictionaries Used by Chinese and Danish Learners of English: A comparative study
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Institution: University of Copenhagen
Program: Department of English, Germantic and Romance Studies
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2009

Author: Saihong Li

Dissertation Title: Semantic-Pragmatic Information in Dictionaries Used by Chinese and Danish Learners of English: A comparative study

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Lexicography

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
                            Danish (dan)
                            English (eng)

Dissertation Director:
Henrik Gottlieb
Charles Lock
Jens Erik Morgensen
Viggo Hjørnager Pedersen

Dissertation Abstract:

The present research investigates how semantic-pragmatic information is
provided in bilingual English-Chinese and English-Danish learner's
dictionaries and examines whether the users' evaluations meet the
lexicographers' intentions. A learner's dictionary, due to its special
function as an aid to learning and cognition, should put special emphasis
on the close interweaving of semantic and pragmatic information. The
treatment of lexical meaning in a dictionary should be ruled by semantics
and governed by pragmatic principles. The making of dictionaries should
combine both empirical-based methods with corpus-based evidence in order to
investigate how to thoroughly integrate semantic and pragmatic information
into definitions, exemplifications, usage notes, usage labels,
illustrations and translation equivalents of a dictionary.

In order to have an objective evaluation of pragmatic information from the
user's perspective, the research carries out six parallel surveys and some
interviews. The survey includes three sections: general questions,
proficiency tests and evaluation questionnaires. SPSS 17.0 was used as the
statistical tools for the data analysis. To further investigate the
treatment of semantic-pragmatic information in six tested dictionaries,
this study also carries out the comparative analysis of the treatment of
pragmatic information in the microstructure and macrostructure of a
dictionary. The statistical analysis from the user's perspective and
comparative analysis of the dictionary contents indicate that there is
still room for the improvement of pragmatic information in bilingual
learner's dictionaries.



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