Evaluation of dictionaries, Humanities

Evaluation of Dictionaries

In this section, we will touch upon some evaluation criteria which are useful for you in assessing the value of any dictionary you intend to acquire either for your personal use or for the reference collection of a library.

The advancement in lexicography as science in the last few decades has resulted in the publication of a number of new dictionaries. At the same time, the old ones, have often been revised, updated and brought out as new editions with more accurate information and in a new form or format. It is not possible for the librarian to purchase all the available dictionaries. At the same time one cannot expect any dictionary to be perfect. Dr. Johnson rightly observed while comparing dictionaries with watches that "the worst is better than none and the best cannot be accurate and self-sufficient. Language undergoes change continuously as new words are added and old ones become obsolete. Thus, the librarian has to examine the dictionary carefully before addition to the collections. He has to evaluate the value both in terms of money and contents.

The criteria on the basis of which dictionaries are evaluated-

  1. Authority 
  2. Scope or purpose 
  3. Word arrangement and word treatment 
  4. Format 
  5. Special features


Posted Date: 10/31/2012 7:34:41 AM | Location : United States

Related Discussions:- Evaluation of dictionaries, Assignment Help, Ask Question on Evaluation of dictionaries, Get Answer, Expert's Help, Evaluation of dictionaries Discussions

Write discussion on Evaluation of dictionaries
Your posts are moderated
Related Questions
Social Sciences Citation Index a) Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). Philadelphia: ISI 1973- It provides access to over 1700 leading Social Sciences journals in various d

Comment on the importance of learning from the past, using the nuclear reactor accident at Three Mile Island, as an example?  Values are notorious for being between the least

Question 1 Discuss the significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Question 2 Critically assess the provisions relating to the implementation of International

Format The physical format of the dictionary should be compatible with efficient use. Size, binding, paper, print and appearance should be examined carefully while evaluating

what are the main determinants of poverty?

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

How was the development of ecology as a science affected by global exploration

Male with Alcohol Dependence and at Risk of Withdrawal Tomat who is a 46 year old, obese, sales manager for a brewery, who was admitted to an alcohol and drug treatment centre

Normal 0 false false false EN-IN X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Discuss the adv

Gender Roles in Society: A Global Perspective The role of a woman and a man in society is influenced through a variety of factors. These factors vary along with the culture, re