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Using the Dictionary

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Chapter Summary

No dictionary is worth its salt if users are unable to find and make sense of the information it contains. Every dictionary has to contain introductory sections which explain how to use the dictionary, even though no user is ever likely to read those sections if the lexicographer has done good enough a job of making the dictionary entries clear. This chapter explains the principles and conventions behind the arrangement and structure of dictionary entries. It presents some annotated entries, followed by an explanation of arrangement of entries and conventions and principles followed in their composition. Headwords are alphabetised in Official Wa orthography. Proper nouns are indicated by the use of a capital letter, but are otherwise treated no differently from other nouns. Homonyms are separated into separate headword entries using superscript numbers. Each definition or sense has been assigned a syntactic category.

Keywords: dictionary; headwords; homonyms; lexicographer; proper nouns



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