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PUC-RS 2003

Looking at today's dictionaries

Change is not something that people tend to associate with dictionaries. Changing these highly labor-intensive products is not to be undertaken lightly. The heavy cost of dictionary production, and the penalty to be paid for errors of judgement, have made it almost impossible for any radically new dictionary to 1come into being. Of 2course our dictionaries of the present do look a little different from their predecessors, and do behave a little better (it is becoming rarer now to find dictionaries with 3hermetically sealed nuggets of information coded up to defy interpretation by all but the dogged few); they may even come to you on a CD-ROM rather than in book form, but underneath these superficial modernizations lurks the same old dictionary. Some of the more innovative may introduce a few new types of information, but when it comes to setting out the meanings of words, giving them definitions or equivalents in another language, including examples, idioms, pronunciations, usage notes, cross reference and the 4score or so of other kinds of information, 5tradition rules supreme.

ATKINS, B.T.S.,Bilingual Dictionaries Past, Present and Future. 2002.


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