Discover the fascinating world of English dictionaries
While many people use dictionaries, they may not know very much about them, especially if they’re online. We aren’t usually aware of which dictionary an entry has come from, why the word was included in the dictionary, how the dictionary compilers assembled this information, or how valid it is.
This course is for anyone with a general interest in the English language. It might also be useful for those studying or teaching English, languages or lexicography.
- The reasons why we use dictionaries.
- The differences between ‘landmark’ dictionaries such as the Oxford English Dictionary and less conventional products such as collaborative and crowdsourced dictionaries.
- What goes into a dictionary – who decides, and how?
- Dictionaries and dictionary information for different users.
- The stages in corpus-based lexicography.
- How meanings are created, why some words have more than one meaning, how lexicographers identify meanings and how meanings are explained in a dictionary.
Duration:6 weeks ( 6 hours /weekly study)
Course type: 100% online / self-paced on your time
Start date: 18 Jan 2021
Institution: by Coventry University, The Alan Turing Institute, Macmillan Education via Future Learn