The Rich Get Richer

Language is acquired through imitation. It’s kind-of obvious, but it bears thinking about: different children have different levels of vocabulary (and, indeed, different capabilities with putting that vocabulary together, AKA grammar) because of the language they have been immersed in over the length of their lives thus far. So what are we giving them to […]

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Lexicographers and dictionaries for all ages…

Last year I blogged a couple of times on dictionaries in the classroom (see the links below if you missed them)   A picture is worth a thousand words: Dictionaries in the classroom (part 1) Word origins: Dictionaries in the classroom (part 2) Since then, I’ve been chatting to Vineeta Gupta, Head of Children’s Dictionaries at Oxford University Press. I wanted to know more about how dictionaries are put together. How do children’s dictionary publishers establish criteria […]

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