Television as a source of material for English dictionaries

AuthorDella Thompson
TitleTelevision as a source of material for English dictionaries
AbstractThis paper investigates the usefulness of television as a source of material for English dictionaries. It describes a project in which 93 television programmes of various types were studied over a period of 51 hours in order to establish how well the CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY covers the vocabulary used in them. An analysis of the results showed that nearly every half-hour programme yielded at least 3 items of interest (the average being 5.5 items), and that for the editor of a dictionary such as the COD this material would be most valuable with regard to geographical labelling, regional and non-regional colloquialisms and slang, and new words. The television also proved to be a rich source of idioms, phrases, and specialist vocabulary.
SessionPART 5 - The Dictionary-Making Process
Keywordstelevision, Concise Oxford Dictionary, coverage by dictionaries, specialist terms, regional terms, idioms and phrases, slang and colloquialisms, new words
author = {Della Thompson},
title = {Television as a source of material for English dictionaries},
pages = {541-548},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 5th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1992},
month = {aug},
date = {4-9},
address = {Tampere, Finland},
editor = {Hannu Tommola & Krista Varantola,Tarja Salmi-Tolonen & Jurgen Schopp},
publisher = {Tampereen YIiopisto},
isbn = {951-44-3111-1},