- Code LING2023
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Linguistics
- Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Dictionaries are the most widely-used source of information about languages. This course introduces the craft of dictionary-making, and looks at questions about the nature of languages and their descriptions that arise when making a dictionary. The course will focus both on existing lexicographic materials (e.g. various kinds of dictionaries of major world languages) and on the task of making dictionaries of undescribed languages from scratch (particularly for languages of indigenous Australia and the Western Pacific).
Learning OutcomesOn completing this course, students will have
(a) a clear understanding of the central design issues in lexicography
(b) an acquaintance with some relevant software for dictionary-making
(c) skill in searching language corpora for relevant material
(d) rigour in the formulation of dictionary definitions for English and other languages relevant to their interests
(e) an understanding of how lexical entries relate to semantic and grammatical analysis, sociolinguistic variation, etymology and broader encyclopaedic knowledge
(f) an understanding of the history and likely future developments in lexicography
(g) an understanding of the role of dictionaries in translation and language teaching
(a) Problem/critique of selected existing lexicographic resources (definitions; organization) (15%) due at end of 4th week
(b) a 2500 word essay due at end of Week 9 (35%)
(c) Lexicographic project (group work available as an option) due at end of final week (50%)
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2 hours lectures per week plus 4 1.5 hour tutorials
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsAtkins, Sue & Michael Rundell. 2008. The Oxford Guide to Practical Lexicography. Oxford: OUP. Other relevant readings will be posted online during the course
Preliminary ReadingRelevant readings will be posted online before the course
Indicative Reading ListFrawley, Hill & Munro. 2002. Making dictionaries. Preserving indigenous languages of the Americas. U Chicago Press.
Austin, Peter. Australian Aboriginal Lexicography. Evans, Nicholas. Main peculiarities of the vocabularies of Australian languages. Haimam, John, Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias; Hale, Ken, The Warlpiri Dictionary Project, Pawley, Andrew, Grammarian's lexicon; Lexicographer's lexicon; Wierzbicka, Anna Back to definitions; Landau, S. What is a dictionary
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|4242||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person|