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A comparison between representing word meanings in two advanced learner's dictionaries
Sara Jamal Mohammed
Department of English Language, Faculty of Education, Koya University

Abstract: Human beings can communicate through utilizing various types of languages in the world. However those languages are internationally or locally used by utterances. Undoubtedly, different types of dictionaries are available in English language as a global language in order to support second language learners in realizing word meanings. In this study two different types of advanced learner’s dictionaries are highlighted regarding to the way of expressing or representing word meanings, which are Macmillan and Cambridge advanced learner’s dictionaries. The objective of this study is trying to recognize if there is any difference between these two dictionaries in demonstrating word meanings. Selecting as the most effective one for advanced learners can be count as the second aim of this study. The methodology in this study is purely theoretical. Different features are selected for investigation in both of selected dictionaries, such as providing common words, phonetic transcription of the headwords by phonetic symbols. Moreover, the result show that the Macmillan Dictionary provides effective definitions for advanced learners because it lays out the meanings of simple and common words at the same time. Drawing pictures or just by making sketch are the other two ways that followed by both dictionaries and makes word meanings more clear.

Keyboard: Macmillan, Cambridge, dictionary, word meaning, representing, advanced learners.

Date: 08/12/2020
Place: FEDU/ English Department/ Hall no.10
Caroline Yousif Daniel,
Mar 13, 2021, 6:11 AM