|Tanara Zingano Kuhn
|Foregrounding the Development of an Online Dictionary for Intermediate-Level Learners of Brazilian Portuguese as an Additional Language: Initial Contributions
|The present PhD project intends to collaborate with the designing of a monolingual online dictionary for intermediate-level learners of Brazilian Portuguese as an additional language. Considering that the development of such a reference work involves the investigation of a series of theoretical-methodological aspects, this research will be narrowed down to one specific issue: the use of simplified Portuguese language patterns in the writing of the definitions. Therefore, the steps to be taken entail a thorough bibliographical review on lexicographical definitions for monolingual learners’ dictionaries and the use of defining vocabulary for their writing; Brazilian Portuguese corpus research in order to compile a defining vocabulary list (DVL); and tests with learners to verify which kind of definitions – those which were written with or without the use of DVL – is better for the user. Since pedagogical (meta)lexicography regarding Brazilian Portuguese as an Additional Language (BPAL) is to a fairly large degree still incipient, especially when compared to what has been done in the area of English as a Foreign Language (EFL), this project is expected to give substantial contribution to new knowledge.
|corpus research, defining vocabulary, dictionary for language learners, lexicography, Portuguese as an additional language