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The Usefulness of the Definitions of Abstract Nouns in OALD7 and NODE

Marta Grochocka
Published Online: 2009-01-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10010-008-0024-9

The Usefulness of the Definitions of Abstract Nouns in OALD7 and NODE

The paper presents a study aiming at comparing the usefulness of the definitions of abstract nouns in a pedagogical dictionary (Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, OALD7) and a nativespeaker dictionary of English (The New Oxford Dictionary of English, NODE). It starts with a brief description of the subclass of abstract nouns which is conceived of as a prototypically-structured category composed of members exhibiting different degrees of resemblance to the prototype. Moreover, the most prototypical members of the subclass of abstract nouns are proposed and a comparison of the definitions of abstract nouns from the two dictionaries is made. The paper then reports on the empirical study which investigated the usefulness of the definitions of abstract nouns from the two dictionaries on a group of 60 dictionary users whose level of English oscillated between upper intermediate and advanced. Finally, the results of the study are discussed and an attempt is made to set out the possible reasons for the final outcome of the study.

Keywords: Abstract nouns; definitions; OALD7; NODE

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Published Online: 2009-01-23

Published in Print: 2008-12-01


Citation Information: Poznań Studies in Contemporary Linguistics, Volume 44, Issue 4, Pages 469–501, ISSN (Online) 1897-7499, ISSN (Print) 0137-2459, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10010-008-0024-9.

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