Cuban School Dictionaries for First-Language Learners: A Shared Experience

Sven Tarp, Leonel Ruiz Miyares


One of the reasons why many publishing houses hesitate when allocating resources to the development of more advanced concepts of school dictionaries for first-language learners is the relatively poor sales and corresponding profits coming from this category of dictionaries. A major challenge is therefore how to change the situation, stimulate the use and sales of school dictionar­ies, and guarantee the necessary investment in product development. This contribution will take up this challenge. It will give no final answer, but it will discuss an experience with a Cuban school dictionary which has reached its target users in large numbers. The contribution will particularly look at the multi-fac­eted relation between lexicographers and users which characterises the Cuban dic­tionary project. The objective is not to copy this or any other experience but to inspire lexicogra­phers looking for alternative solutions to a problem which is affecting both school children and lexi­cographers in many countries and language communities.


pedagogical lexicography, pedagogical dictionaries, school dictionaries, first language learners, mother-tongue learners

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