n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Wie leer wat uit Afrikaanse (aan)leerderwoordeboeke

Volume 44, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


This paper presents a critical analysis and discussion of some aspects of Afrikaans learners' dictionaries with the emphasis on different dictionary functions. A brief discussion is given of the development of Afrikaans learners' dictionaries and the lexical scope of this typological category before text reception and text production as dictionary functions are introduced. Using examples from a number of learners' dictionaries with Afrikaans as the only or one of the treated languages, the way in which text reception is achieved (or often not achieved) is discussed. Attention is given to the way in which the macrostructural presentation assists the user in finding the correct lemma and to ascertain its correctness, as well as to the way in which these dictionaries enhance a better understanding of Afrikaans texts. A similar treatment is given with regard to text production with the emphasis on ways and means to improve the active and correct use of Afrikaans. This is done by focusing on the selection and presentation of the desired data types. The analysis of articles in existing Afrikaans learners' dictionaries show a number of shortcomings but they do display the potential to be developed into dictionaries that can really fulfil the necessary lexicographic functions. Suggestions are made to enable lexicographers to perform these adaptations.

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