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).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- recognise the central design issues in lexicography
- be familiar with some relevant software for dictionary-making
- apply rigour in the formulation of dictionary definitions for English and other languages relevant to their interests
- understand how lexical entries relate to semantic and grammatical analysis, sociolinguistic variation, etymology and broader encyclopaedic knowledge
- understand the history and likely future developments in lexicography
Indicative AssessmentResource Review, 1000 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5]
Project/Essay outline and proposal, 500-800 words (15%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Lexicographical project/essay, 2500 words (65%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 3 hour seminar x 12 weeks.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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
Frawley, 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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