American Heritage Picture Dictionary (Rev And Updated) by American Heritage Dictionary
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Introducing a tailor-made dictionary designed to cater to the needs of preschoolers and young children in their early school years. This unique reference book showcases a comprehensive collection of 900 words, conveniently organized in alphabetical order while captivating the young minds with vibrant, visually appealing illustrations. Each entry comes alive through colorful drawings, enabling easy understanding and engagement.
Enhancing the learning experience, this A-to-Z list is further augmented by nine thematic illustrations strategically positioned towards the end of the book. These captivating visuals bring related vocabulary to life by presenting them in various real-life settings such as a bustling classroom, a vibrant supermarket, and a cozy apartment, among others. By exploring these scenes, children can effortlessly grasp and reinforce their knowledge of key words within a contextual framework.
Unboxing the American Heritage Dictionary
Welcome to The Endless Knot. Today, we’re doing something a bit different – unboxing a dictionary. So, I’ve ordered a dictionary and I’m going to open it up to see what we have. Let’s start off with my Odin letter opener.
The American Heritage Dictionary fifth edition comes in a heavy box wrapped in plastic. The book itself is a nice, weighty hardcover, and I’m glad it was protected during shipping. On the back of the plastic wrap, there’s a little advertising phrase that reflects the idea of prescriptivism – the belief in a correct way of using language.
Opening up the dictionary, you’ll notice that the headwords are printed in blue, and the margins are used for full-color images and additional information. Now, let’s talk a bit about the background of this dictionary and why it’s particularly useful to the work I’m doing.
The American Heritage Dictionary was first published in 1969 as a reaction to Webster’s third dictionary, which was seen as too permissive. This dictionary aims to provide usage information and usage notes for words based on collective decisions made by a usage panel. The panel discusses and determines the “correct” usage of different types of words.
However, the American Heritage Dictionary also embraces a descriptive approach by incorporating the latest research on word origins and histories. This dictionary was one of the pioneers in using corpus linguistics to gather information about language usage.
One interesting feature of this dictionary is the usage panel, chaired by cognitive scientist Steven Pinker. The panel consists of notable figures from various fields, including writers, linguists, and even a US Supreme Court justice.
Other notable features include the historical development of letters, which is depicted in a graphic at the top of each letter section. The dictionary also has an appendix that lists all the Indo-European roots connected to the etymologies mentioned in the main part of the dictionary.
In terms of organization, the senses of words are arranged in order of centrality and frequency. The most common use of a word is listed first, followed by less common or less central meanings. It’s important to note that this is not the only arrangement, as a historical dictionary like the Oxford English Dictionary organizes senses chronologically.
Let’s look up a few words to see the usage notes provided by the American Heritage Dictionary. One word that often causes problems is “hopefully”. The dictionary notes that using “hopefully” as a sentence adverb has been criticized since the 1960s, but it also mentions that similar use of other adverbs can be justified.
Along with usage notes and etymologies, the dictionary includes longer word histories for certain words. For example, the word “beef” has an extended discussion of its etymology.
Thank you for watching this unboxing and discussion of the American Heritage Dictionary. We’ll be back soon with more etymological explorations and cultural connections. Make sure to stay updated with our articles.