Designed to help lexicographers compile better dictionaries of English, this book provides information about the language that is not available in any other single source. It is the first serious attempt to describe in detail the lexical and grammatical differences between American and British English and offers a trailblazing solution to the vexing problem of how to treat General American and British RP pronunciation in the same dictionary with the help of a Simplified Transcription for which any typewriter keyboard can be adapted and a pioneering description of the principles concerning the treatment of fixed grammatical and lexical collocations in future general-purpose dictionaries of English.
1. Preface; 2. Abbreviations; 3. Chapter One - Historical Introduction; 4. General; 5. A Brief History of Dictionaries in Great Britain; 6. A Brief History of Dictionaries in the United States; 7. Recent Developments; 8. Notes; 9. Chapter Two - Modern Varieties of English: British and American; 10. General; 11. Spelling Differences; 12. Punctuation; 13. Syntax and Grammar; 14. Morphology; 15. Lexicon; 16. Notes; 17. Lists 2A-2E; 18. Number Table; 19. Chapter Three - The Phonemic Transcription of English; 20. General; 21. The British Transcription of Vowels; IPA Transcription; RP; 22. The American Transcription of Vowels; 23. The Transcription of Vowels in Dictionaries; 24. Differences between RP and GA Vowels; 25. The British Transcription of Consonants; 26. The Simplified Transcription of Consonants; 27. Differences between the RP and GA Distribution of Consonants; 28. Stress; 29. Notes; 30. Comparative Table of Simplified Transcription (ST) and IPA Transcription; 31. Lists 3A-3D; 32. Chapter Four - Basic Principles of Lexicographic Definition; 33. General; 34. Types of Lexicographic Definition; 35. Twelve Basic Principles of Lexicographic Definition; 36. Notes; 37. Chapter Five - Grammar in the Dictionary; 38. Historical Background; 39. The Contribution of the Learner's Dictionary; 40. The Contribution of Modern Linguistics; 41. Topics Requiring Special Attention in the Dictionary; 42. Notes; 43. Lists 5A-5E; 44. Chapter Six - Lexical Combinability; 45. General; 46. The ECD; 47. Obligatory Collocations; 48. Conclusion; 49. Notes; 50. Bibliography; 51. Index