Modern English Dictionaries. A Foreign User’s View
Linguistic research
Olga Karpova
Ivanovo State University, Russia
Published 2019-10-16


English lexicography
Oxford English Dictionary
printed and on-line dictionaries
user’s profile
users’ needs and demands
collaborative and volunteer lexicography

How to Cite

Karpova O. (2019) “Modern English Dictionaries. A Foreign User’s View”, Respectus Philologicus, (36 (41), pp. 11-18. doi: 10.15388/RESPECTUS.2019.36.41.19.


The article is devoted to the description of new trends in theory and dictionary making process of modern English lexicography. At the same time the paper also covers the main historic steps of formation and development of national English lexicography with special reference to the most reliable English dictionaries for general purposes (early glossaries and concordances, Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary, Oxford English Dictionary, etc.) and special purposes (English writers’ glossaries, concordances, lexicons to the complete and separate works of Chaucer, Shakespeare, and other famous English men of letters). The main accent is made on the digital époque of English national lexicography, describing innovative features of both printed and Internet dictionaries of various types and formats from the point of view of a user studying English as a foreign language. The paper touches upon new branches of English lexicography (collaborative, volunteer) with users’ needs and demands at the centre of dictionary making process.

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