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Revista signos

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EDO MARZA, Nuria. Specialised pedagogical e-lexicography: Needs and usage in the field of scientific-technical English. Rev. signos [online]. 2016, vol.49, n.91, pp.217-244. ISSN 0718-0934.

The main objective of this paper is to determine the kind of usage made by students -as well as their perception- of an often misused and even undervalued tool: the dictionary. This study shows that learners seldom reflect upon the kind of information they need in a dictionary, in the same way that a single specialised lexicographical work rarely contains all the information needed to solve all the terminological/conceptual/usage-related doubts that may arise. This is the reason why we have analysed how learners of English for Engineering perceive their own lexicographical usage, needs and expectations when explicitly asked about these aspects by means of two questionnaires: one of them dealing with the critical analysis of already-existing works and the other about lexicographical usage and needs. The results obtained show that no single text has all the quality, quantity, clarity and user-friendliness features to be expected in a scientific-technical e-dictionary. This is the reason why specific improvements have been signalled to optimise these aspects according to the principles of specialised pedagogical lexicography (Fuertes-Olivera & Arribas-Baño, 2008; Fuertes-Olivera, 2009) -so enriching in the teaching-learning process of English for Specific Purposes (ESP)- and to the criteria of prospective users: the students. Hence, this study aims at promoting learners’re-discovery of the electronic specialised dictionary as a useful learning and professional tool with the final objective of creating e lexicographical products that enhance the active and efficient use of dictionaries.

Palabras clave : Specialised pedagogical lexicography; e-lexicography; specialised dictionary; English for Specific Purposes and scientific-technical English.

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