254Reviews The Cambridge International Dictionary ofEnglish. Ed. Paul Procter. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. 1994. Pp. xviii + 1,702 + 72 (indexes). $27.00. Cambridge's debut in mainstream monolingual dictionaries heralds many welcome innovations in lexicography. The Cambridge International Dictionary ofEnglish (CIDE) responds to the needs of international speakers of English by providing a dictionary whose lexis of 100,000 entries encompasses British, American, Australian, and odier Englishes along with a learners' corpus, which codifies learners' common errors. Most noteworthy, this ambitious body of data is presented in a manner aimed at "clarity and simplicity" (viii) and tiius breaks new ground in die content, style, and format of learners' dictionaries. Learners' dictionaries have made important advances since their inception in 1948 with die Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English (OALD). Yet the distinguishing features of learners' dictionaries remain intact in CIDE: it excludes etymologies and archaic terms, provides more encyclopedic information dian is generally found in native-speaker dictionaries, more notations on grammatical forms, collocations, and idioms -- and employs a defining vocabulary of 2,000 words. Following the precedents set by die OALD and die Longman Dictionary of English Language and Culture (LDELC), CIDE provides grammatical labels, such as "[C]" and "[U]"
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