Defining Dictionary Definitions for EFL Dictionaries

By November 17, 2016,
AuthorRaphael Gefen, Ari Kernerman
TitleDefining Dictionary Definitions for EFL Dictionaries
AbstractThe following are some of the issues involved in defining headwords, which we will touch on in this paper:
· What is the definition of a dictionary definition?
· What linguistic styles for definitions are in use today for specific types of dictionaries? (e.g., technical definitions, folk definitions)
· Are there differences in style and technique for defining the various parts of speech?
· Is it valid to explain a word in terms of a different part of speech for the sake of clarity?
· Are definitions in corpus-based dictionaries different from those in non-corpus based dictionaries?
· Can (and should) the viewpoint of the lexicographer be completely hidden?
· Does saying what a word is not, adequately explain what it is?
· Should only active voice be used?
· Which is more important, accuracy or comprehensibility?
· How do definitions in learners’ dictionaries differ from those in general-purpose dictionaries?
· Should the definition be translated for reinforcement, in FL learning?
· How useful are illustrations?
· How useful are synonyms? Can they replace definitions?
SessionLexicological Issues of Lexicographical Relevance
author = {Raphael Gefen, Ari Kernerman},
title = {Defining Dictionary Definitions for EFL Dictionaries},
pages = {1327-1332},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 14th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2010},
month = {jul},
date = {6-10},
address = {Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, The Netherlands},
editor = {Anne Dykstra and Tanneke Schoonheim},
publisher = {Fryske Akademy},
isbn = {978-90-6273-850-3},