Course number & Code: Najd 193
Course title: Dictionary Skills / Contact hours: 2
References: Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (A.S. Hornby et.al eds.)
Use Your Dictionary: A Practice Book for Users of Oxford Advanced
Dictionaries. The Art and Craft of Lexicography, CUP
Linguistics and Bilingual Dictionaries, Al-kasimi, Leiden, E. J. Brill.
A Specialized Dictionary
Two Bilingual Dictionaries
Looking up words in monolingual dictionaries
Learning word pronunciation, stress, spelling, class, and meaning
Developing the attitude that there is no perfect synonymy and being aware of shades of meaning when writing, speaking, and translating
Using efficiently a bilingual dictionary
Developing caution in using a bilingual or specialized dictionary
Content and objectives
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with visual aids and symbols, abbreviations, order of entries, and cross-references used in dictionaries. The course focuses in particular on dictionary use and its relations to (i)- writing, e.g. alternative spellings, inflected forms, acronyms and abbreviations, word divisions, (ii)- speaking, e.g. sounds, phonetic symbols of consonants, vowels, stress, (iii) grammar, e.g. countable/uncountable nouns, regular/irregular noun plurals, plural occurrences, comparative/superlative forms, etc., and (iv)- semantic information, e.g. correct definition, meaning of phrasal and prepositional verbs, prefixes and suffixes, compounds. In addition to the use of monolingual dictionaries, the course also introduces the students to other kinds of dictionaries, such as etymological, pronouncing, and synonym dictionaries. The course has other long-term objectives. It prepares students for the future translation courses that start at Level Six. It also provides them with some basic terms and notions that they will develop in the language and linguistics courses.