Bilingual Lexicography from a Communicative Perspective by Heming Yong

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By Heming Yong

This stimulating new e-book, because the ideal paintings introducing bilingual lexicography from a communicative point of view, is introduced to symbolize unique considering and cutting edge theorization within the box of bilingual lexicography. It treats the bilingual dictionary as a procedure of intercultural conversation and bilingual dictionary making as a dynamic technique discovered through units of selections, characterizing the final nature of the dictionary. It examines the dictionary and dictionary making through the use of a version of lexicography which stresses the three-way courting of compiler, dictionary context and user and accommodates them right into a unified coherent framework. in the course of the research, unique concentration is on English and chinese language bilingual lexicography. it's going to serve not just as a helpful consultant to these attracted to dictionary compilation and theoretical inquiries but in addition as a textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate classes in bilingual lexicography.

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Disagreement may arise among linguists and lexicographers over whether a derivative, a compound or a set phrase should be regarded as a single grammatical unit and whether it should be entered as a main entry or a run-on in the dictionary. In On Specifying Grammatical Form and Function, Cowie (1983:99–107, in Hartmann) discussed various cases of treatment of these items and the motivations for such treatment in British and American monolingual English dictionaries. The stem from which the lexical item is derived, the grammatical class to which it belongs, and the semantic relation it has to the stem can all affect its positioning in the monolingual dictionary structure.

Several points deserve our attention. Monolingual and bilingual dictionaries can be synchronic, but the former may be of a lesser degree of synchronicity to cater for a wider range of interests and needs. Therefore it may include more outdated or even obsolete words and meanings of words, if the dictionary aims to serve a larger readership and if its space is not so limited. g. contemporary English or Chinese. Their users are more often non-native learners than native speakers of the source language, and they have more practical interests and concerns and expect to fulfil more pragmatic purposes.

Words should be described in connection with their potential linguistic and socio-cultural contexts so as to facilitate text production, which takes precedence over text comprehension in the eyes of learners dictionary compilers. The evolution of monolingual dictionary design is a clear manifestation of the profound influence of modern linguistics upon lexicography (see Chapter 3). It has been extremely slow and gradual, but bilingual lexicographers have been quick to react and follow suit. They have even gone so far as to bilingualize some timetested monolingual dictionaries.

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