High frequency words: the bête noire of lexicographers and learners alike. A close look at the verb make in five monolingual learners’ dictionaries of English

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Page233-243
AuthorSylvie De Cock, Sylviane Granger
TitleHigh frequency words: the bête noire of lexicographers and learners alike. A close look at the verb make in five monolingual learners’ dictionaries of English
AbstractThe highly polysemous and phraseological nature of high frequency words makes them a major stumbling block for both lexicographers and learners. This article seeks to investigate the lexicographic treatment of high frequency words through a detailed study of the verb make in five recent editions of monolingual learners' dictionaries (CALD 2003, COBUILD 2003, LDOCE 2003, MEDAL 2002 and OALD 2000). After a first section devoted to the nature of high frequency words and the difficulties they pose, sections 2 and 3 respectively focus on the semantic and phraseological treatment of the verb make in the five dictionaries. The article is rounded off by a series of suggestions for improvement and a plea for increased learner training in dictionary use.
SessionThe Dictionary-Making Process
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@InProceedings{ELX04-024,
author = {Sylvie De Cock, Sylviane Granger},
title = {High frequency words: the bête noire of lexicographers and learners alike. A close look at the verb make in five monolingual learners' dictionaries of English},
pages = {233-243},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 11th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2004},
month = {july},
date = {6-10},
address = {Lorient, France},
editor = {Geoffrey Williams and Sandra Vessier},
publisher = {Université de Bretagne-Sud, Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines},
isbn = {29-52245-70-3},
}
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