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Duden: Das grosse Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache in sechs Bänden , and: Brockhaus Wahrig: Deutsches Wörterbuch in sechs Bänden (review)

Duden: Das grosse Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache in sechs Bänden , and: Brockhaus Wahrig:... 166John C. Traupman live,' users of this dictionary, even though they have consulted the list of abbreviations, will nevertheless constantly have to make a mental adjustment whenever they encounter this abbreviation in the body of the dictionary. The abbreviation vtir for 'transitive, intransitive and reflexive verb' is a novel feature but one of limited usefulness. It could be used if a verb as a main entry has one and the same meaning in all three functions, e.g., ausnüchtern 'to several meanings in the various functions, the entry should be broken down according to the functions. Levels of usage are carefully indicated for both source and target languages. Because usage labels can mean different things to different people, they have been clearly defined in the front matter. For example, the label dated "indicates that the word or phrase, while still occasionally being used especially by old speakers, now sounds somewhat old-fashioned" (p. x). The difference between the three labels lit, liter, and Liter is also explained, although the user may be left with the impression that the latter two are an over-refinement. Unlike many German and English dictionaries which group all compounds within a single entry under the first http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America Dictionary Society of North America

Duden: Das grosse Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache in sechs Bänden , and: Brockhaus Wahrig: Deutsches Wörterbuch in sechs Bänden (review)

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166John C. Traupman live,' users of this dictionary, even though they have consulted the list of abbreviations, will nevertheless constantly have to make a mental adjustment whenever they encounter this abbreviation in the body of the dictionary. The abbreviation vtir for 'transitive, intransitive and reflexive verb' is a novel feature but one of limited usefulness. It could be used if a verb as a main entry has one and the same meaning in all three functions, e.g., ausnüchtern 'to several meanings in the various functions, the entry should be broken down according to the functions. Levels of usage are carefully indicated for both source and target languages. Because usage labels can mean different things to different people, they have been clearly defined in the front matter. For example, the label dated "indicates that the word or phrase, while still occasionally being used especially by old speakers, now sounds somewhat old-fashioned" (p. x). The difference between the three labels lit, liter, and Liter is also explained, although the user may be left with the impression that the latter two are an over-refinement. Unlike many German and English dictionaries which group all compounds within a single entry under the first

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Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North AmericaDictionary Society of North America

Published: Apr 4, 1980

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