Title: Oxford Advanced Learner's English-Chinese Dictionary (6th edition)
Author / Editor: Sally Wehmeier
ISBN: 7-100-04157-0, 7100041570, 978-7-100-04157-7, 9787100041577
Publisher: 商务印书馆 (The Commercial Press), 牛津大学出版社 (Oxford University Press)
Language: English / Chinese
Date of Publication: 1997.09
Number of pages: 2166 pages
Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.5 cm
In 1998 we celebrated both the centenary of the birth of A S Hornby, the creator of the Advanced Learner's Dictionary and the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the dictionary by Oxford Uriiversity Press. Hornby's great contribution to lexicography was to apply his experience as a teacher of English to producing a dictionary that met the needs of learners, and his success can be measured by the fact that the Advanced Learner's has become one of the best-selling books of all time. Now, in the first year of the new millennium, this edition, the sixth, breaks new ground,sharpening further the learner-cantered focus of the original. We have learnt a great deal from our research into how learners use dictionaries and benefited from suggestions from very many teachers and students. Dictionary users need to be able to find the information they need quickly, understand it once they have found it, and make use of it in their own speaking or writing. This dictionary arranges and presents information in a clear way, using short cuts in longer entries to help the user pinpoint the meaning they are looking for. The defmiUons are all written using a defining vocabulary of just under 3000 words, 500 fewer than in the previous edition. This defining vocabulary (listed in Appendix 8) includes all the items used in definitions and is not made artificially shorter by allowing prefixes and suffixes to be attached to the stem of a listed word. Learners can be sure that, if they are familiar with the words in.this list,the definitions in the dictionary will pose no problems.
Our new usage notes, word-family boxes, topic and study pages show links between
vocabulary items and, together with the user-friendly help notes, give invaluable guidance on usage. The origin notes provide fascinating insights into the etymology of some colourful
words and expressions. All these features ensure that less experienced learners receive all the support they need, while the most advanced will always find something new and interesting to challenge them.