n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - A new step forward for South African learners' lexicography : the

Volume 42, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9570



This paper focuses on various aspects of the recently published dictionary . From the perspective of the theory of lexicographic functions the dictionary is evaluated as an instrument in the hand of the intended target user. An identification of the relevant dictionary functions and the way in which they are achieved is followed by a discussion of the central word lists and the dictionary articles. This section offers a critical analysis of the micro-architecture of the articles and the article contents. Suggestions are made for an improved presentation and treatment. Innovative proposals regarding the macro- and microstructural presentation of homonyms and polysemes are made to enhance the user-friendliness of this dictionary. The value of the outer texts and the prevailing transtextual function is emphasised. It is shown how certain inconsistencies impede the optimal transfer of information.

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