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Query:   Sum: Electronic Dictionary on CD-ROM
Author:  Ping Li
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Lexicography

Summary:   Dear LINGUIST colleagues,

A few weeks ago I sent out an email inquiry on electronic
dictionaries of English. I would like to thank the following people
for their kind replies:

Helmut Feldweg
Lance Eccles
Richard Cook
Sean Burke
James Vanden Bosch
Guillaume Gantard
Patrizia Bonaventura
Akai Joanne
Kirk Fraser

They have pointed out that there are many CD-ROM dictionaries on the
market, for example:

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (OALD)
Webster's New World dictionary, 3rd college edition (1988)
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (LDOCE)
Oxford English Dictionary
American Heritage dictionary
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary (10th ed.)
Macquarie Dictionary (for Australian English)

However, what I have been looking for is an electronic dictionary
whose lexical items and definitions are readable directly in
plain ASCII texts (on which I can run standard UNIX search or data
manipulation commands). Although all of the electronic dictionaries
on CD-ROM do have underlying plain ASCII texts, these texts are
encrypted and extraction or manipulation on them cause copyright
violations. Sean Burke did point out that the Project Gutenberg
has released an e-text version of Webster's Unabridged (1913)
and it can be queried at:
forms_unrest/webster.form.html. The SGML source files (45mb, in pieces)
can be downloaded from
gutenberg/etext96/. Helmut Feldweg also pointed out that Longman
has just released LDOCE on CD-ROM suitable for NLP purposes.

Once again, I want to thank the colleagues who shared their very
useful information with me.


Ping Li

Ping Li, Ph.D. Email:
Department of Psychology
University of Richmond Phone: (804) 289-8125
Richmond, VA 23173 Fax: (804) 289-8943

LL Issue: 8.504
Date Posted: 12-Apr-1997
Original Query: Read original query


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