Overview of E-dictionaries

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Differences between paper-based dictionaries and electronic dictionaries: Nesi (1998) classifies dictionaries into two modes of presentation: paper-based dictionaries and computer-based dictionaries (also known as electronic dictionaries). The main difference between electronic dictionaries and paper-based dictionaries is not their information content but their retrieval system (Nesi, 2000). In a study presented by Zainab Saleh AlBulushy on E-dictionaries versus paper-based ones, she presented the main differences between both types. She used ten features to compare between the two types. These differences are presented below: Feature Electronic dictionary Paper dictionary Vocabulary Beyond 1 million words 300,000 max Speech English…show more content…
The first registered US patent for a Portable Electronic Dictionary was filed in 1980 by the Japanese company Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha. They began to make their presence felt in the EFL/ESL classroom in 1999. The second type of E-dictionaries are internet-based dictionaries such as the Oxford English Dictionary or Merriam Webster Online. Also, there are online services such as Onelook which looks up an item across a range of online dictionaries and provides a digest of retrieved definitions. According to Nesi (2008), dictionaries on the Internet can be classified into three categories: those available by subscription, those in the public domain, and collaborative projects in the process of construction by contributing users. Nesi (2003) found that Chinese students made very extensive use of a PC-based Dictionary and translation package called Jin Shan Ci Ba (also known as Kingsoft Powerword) which is bundled with many computers sold in China. The third type of E-dictionaries are CD-ROM dictionaries. Learner’s dictionaries on CD-ROMs are normally bundled with the printed copy of learners’ dictionaries. They contain much more information than the printed versions on which they are based. They also contain extra features that are not available in the printed copies, for example, corpus example, audio material, interactive exercises, and picture gallery. They can perform
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