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The LEAD dictionary-cum-writing aid: An integrated dictionary and corpus tool

Magali Paquot

in Electronic Lexicography

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654864
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654864.003.0009
The LEAD dictionary-cum-writing aid: An integrated dictionary and corpus tool

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This chapter presents the Louvain English for Academic Purposes dictionary (LEAD), and focuses on how corpus data is used to customise the LEAD to users’ needs. Large corpora of expert academic writing were used to select the c. 900 academic words (e.g. contrast, issue, discuss) included in the dictionary, and illustrate their preferred environment in context. Learner corpora were also used to identify problems that a specific L1 population typically encounters and provide feedback on errors. With the advent of electronic dictionaries, corpus data is making its way into the dictionary via new components such as example banks or corpus-query systems. Unlike most online dictionaries, however, the LEAD innovates by giving access to discipline-specific corpora rather than generic corpora. Collocations and recurrent phrases are illustrated with examples automatically extracted from a corpus made up of either business, linguistics or medicine texts, thus allowing users to visualise senses in a context close to their own working environment.

Keywords: academic vocabulary; academic keyword list; corpus; dictionary customisation; language for specific purposes; learner corpus; dictionary-cum-corpus; error note; user needs

Chapter.  7656 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Lexicography ; Semantics

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