Coactivity: Philology, Educology / Santalka: Filologija, Edukologija, Vol 21, No 1 (2013)

Linguistic Features of English and Russian Dictionaries (A Comparative Study)

Robert Leščinskij


The purpose of this study is to establish differences and similarities between linguistic characteristics of English and Russian dictionaries. Two dictionaries were selected for the study – electronic version of the 8th edition of Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (OALD) and the online version of Ozhegov’s explanatory dictionary. The methods chosen for the study were descriptive, comparative and contrastive analysis. Linguistic characteristics of the dictionaries were analysed and compared. The research showed that both reference books provided different linguistic information on the headwords. OALD provided exhaustive phonetic information, which Ozhegov’s dictionary lacked. The two dictionaries provided different orthographic information. OALD disclosed semantic information via various tools available in the electronic version; these were unavailable in Ozhegov’s dictionary. Both dictionaries used similar stylistic labels.

Article in: English

Article published: 2013-05-30

Keyword(s): dictionary; lexicography; linguistic characteristics; equivalent

DOI: 10.3846/cpe.2013.04

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