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LINGUIST List 21.5158

Sun Dec 19 2010

Books: Lexicograph/Applied Linguistics: Li Rasmussen

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        1.     Chris Bryce , To Define and Inform: Li Rasmussen

Message 1: To Define and Inform: Li Rasmussen
Date: 07-Dec-2010
From: Chris Bryce <crbrycec-s-p.org>
Subject: To Define and Inform: Li Rasmussen
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Title: To Define and Inform
Subtitle: An Analysis of Information Provided in Dictionaries Used by Learners of English in China and Denmark
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
                http://www.c-s-p.org

Author: Saihong Li Rasmussen
Hardback: ISBN: 9781443822336 Pages: 395 Price: U.K. £ 44.99
Abstract:

"To Inform and Define: An Analysis of Information Provided in Dictionaries
Used by Learners of English in China and Denmark" presents a masterly
synthesis of lexicographical theory in relation to bilingual and learner's
dictionaries and advances a radical argument about how such dictionaries
are used and how they should be improved for the convenience of students.
By tracing the history of the terms 'semantic' and 'pragmatic' in
linguistics and philosophy, Saihong Li shows the weakness of any conceptual
distinction between them. She goes on to demonstrate how inappropriate
these terms are for thinking about the ways in which words are defined and
explained in dictionaries. The theoretical argument is supported by
detailed and comparative empirical research: learners of English as a
second language in both China and Denmark were interviewed about their
experiences as users of standard learner's dictionaries. The results are
presented in tabular form and their interpretation is statistically
informed. This is a path-breaking study. Saihong Li makes an important
contribution to lexicographical theory, and advances a sophisticated
methodology for the comparative study of English-language leaning on an
international scale and in the global marketplace of learner's
dictionaries. Her work will be of great value for language teachers,
lexicographers, and students of interpretation, translation and language
pedagogies. "To Inform and Define" should also attract serious attention
from editors and publishers of learner's dictionaries.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Lexicography

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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