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Do dictionaries define on the level of their target users? A case study for three Dutch dictionaries

Gilles-Maurice de Schryver UGent and DJ Prinsloo (2011) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LEXICOGRAPHY. 24(1). p.5-28
abstract
The aim of this article is to determine to what extent definitions in a range of monolingual dictionaries satisfy the needs of the specific age groups for which the respective dictionaries were compiled. More particularly, the aim is to determine whether dictionaries for young children, more advanced children, and adult users offer definitions on the appropriate competency levels of these categories of dictionary users. The investigation is conceived as a case study. This case study involved participants in three age brackets: children from 8 upwards, children from 10 upwards, and adults from 18 upwards - all mother-tongue speakers of Dutch. These three groups were presented with the definitions from three Van Dale dictionaries: the Juniorwoordenboek, the Basiswoordenboek, and the Grote Van Dale - compiled for users aged 8+, 10+, and 18+ respectively. Three sets of tests were designed to investigate various correlations between the three groups of participants and the three dictionaries. The conclusion is that all three dictionaries 'challenge' their users. This has important implications for future research.
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journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LEXICOGRAPHY
Int. J. Lexicogr.
editor
Robert Lew
volume
24
issue
1
issue title
Studies In Dictionary Use: Recent Developments
pages
5 - 28
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000287744600002
JCR category
LINGUISTICS
JCR impact factor
1.143 (2011)
JCR rank
30/158 (2011)
JCR quartile
1 (2011)
ISSN
0950-3846
DOI
10.1093/ijl/ecq045
language
English
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yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1851693
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1851693
date created
2011-07-03 00:28:02
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  author       = {de Schryver, Gilles-Maurice and Prinsloo, DJ},
  editor       = {Lew, Robert},
  issn         = {0950-3846},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LEXICOGRAPHY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {5--28},
  title        = {Do dictionaries define on the level of their target users? A case study for three Dutch dictionaries},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijl/ecq045},
  volume       = {24},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
de Schryver, Gilles-Maurice, and DJ Prinsloo. 2011. “Do Dictionaries Define on the Level of Their Target Users? A Case Study for Three Dutch Dictionaries.” Ed. Robert Lew. International Journal of Lexicography 24 (1): 5–28.
APA
de Schryver, G.-M., & Prinsloo, D. (2011). Do dictionaries define on the level of their target users? A case study for three Dutch dictionaries. (Robert Lew, Ed.)INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LEXICOGRAPHY, 24(1), 5–28.
Vancouver
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de Schryver G-M, Prinsloo D. Do dictionaries define on the level of their target users? A case study for three Dutch dictionaries. Lew R, editor. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LEXICOGRAPHY. 2011;24(1):5–28.
MLA
de Schryver, Gilles-Maurice, and DJ Prinsloo. “Do Dictionaries Define on the Level of Their Target Users? A Case Study for Three Dutch Dictionaries.” Ed. Robert Lew. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LEXICOGRAPHY 24.1 (2011): 5–28. Print.