Remarks on Dictionaries – with special Reference to Grammar, Pronunciation and Orthographic Variation

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AuthorNiels Davidsen-Nielsen
TitleRemarks on Dictionaries – with special Reference to Grammar, Pronunciation and Orthographic Variation
AbstractThe languages dealt with in this paper are English and Danish. In a section on pronunciation it is shown that English words such as disperse, distract, discover with medial /sp, st, sk/ were formerly transcribed incorrectly in British English dictionaries. As a result ofan experimental investigation carried out by the author, however, errors of this type have subsequently been corrected. A section on grammar in English language dictionaries discusses so-called multi-word verbs, i.e. verbs like turn down (= reject), wait on (= serve), put up with (= tolerate) and takeplace (= happen). The author proposes a classification ofthese verbs, arguing that two widely used English dictionaries tend to operate with too many of them. Finally, a section on spelling variation discusses the approach to such variation adopted in the Danish Orthographic Dictionary. Here the author argues that many instances ofspelling variation canjustifiably be eliminated.
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@InProceedings{ELX02-003,
author = {Niels Davidsen-Nielsen},
title = {Remarks on Dictionaries – with special Reference to Grammar, Pronunciation and Orthographic Variation},
pages = {29-38},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 10th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2002},
month = {aug},
date = {13-17},
address = {København, Denmark},
editor = {Anna Braasch and Claus Povlsen},
publisher = {Center for Sprogteknologi},
isbn = {87-90708-09-1},
}
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