Saturday, April 19, 2008

New dictionary beefs up typical word definitions


Hot off the press, a new bumper edition of Dai Tu Dien Tieng Viet (The Great Vietnamese Dictionary) isn’t just about semantics.
Published by the National University’s Publishing House in HCM City and edited by Nguyen Nhu Y, the dictionary is 2,000 pages long and set out in a new easy-access style to entice readers.
New data includes encyclopaedic information on measurements used in countries across the world, a history of Viet Nam’s monetary system and illustrations of national flags.
Each entry is beefed up detailed etymologies of each word, such as words borrowed from China, knows as Han-Viet words. Definitions also include use in common language, literature and use as terminology.
The book was first printed in 1999 but due to popular demand, the authors decided to add ‘new’ words used in everyday life. — VNS
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