Improving Dictionary Criticism in Ndebele

Hadebe, Samukele (2005) Improving Dictionary Criticism in Ndebele. UNSPECIFIED.

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This paper has been accepted for publication by JALEX (Journal of African Lexicography) published by ALRI, University of Zimbabwe,This article proposes approaches to dictionary criticism with a view to improving dictionary culture amongst the Ndebele of Zimbabwe. The growth of dictionary culture is partly hampered by lack of mature and informed dictionary criticism. The slow development of dictionary culture in turn affects negatively the production of informative, relevant and user-friendly dictionaries. In simple terms there is no link between the dictionary maker(s) and the dictionary user(s) other than the dictionary itself. The dictionary critic who should provide this link lacks the requisite skill to adequately help both the compiler and the user. This paper therefore advances some proposals that could be considered in dictionary criticism in Ndebele in particular and in African languages in general. In our view, an informative dictionary criticism cannot only improve dictionary use but dictionary culture as well.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dictionary Criticism,Typology
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > University of Zimbabwe
Depositing User: Mr. Edmore Sibanda
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2015 10:02
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2015 10:02

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