Example Sentences in Bilingual School Dictionaries

Liezl Potgieter


Dictionaries are written for a specific user group and the content and presentation must therefore be directed/aimed at that specific target group. In the past dictionaries were often compiled without the lexicographers really taking time and researching the intended users and their specific needs. School dictionaries especially were often compiled after very little or no attention being paid to the users and their needs. This article will look at the role of example sentences in dictionary articles, different types of example sentences as well as the criteria for example sentences in bilingual school dictionaries in order to ensure that the final product is natural, typical, informative, intelligible and of use to the user.


school dictionary; user; user needs; example sentence; vocabulary; lemma; citation; citation example; competence example

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5788/22-1-1007


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