Longman Activator

Product Details
  • Hardcover: 1636 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company (June 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582040922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582040922
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 2.1 inches

The Longman Language Activator is a new kind of dictionary - it is a dictionary that enables language students to selectively encode what they want to state in English to a degree of linguistic accuracy that had hitherto been impossible using conventional dictionaries. Basically speaking, the Longman Language Activator is a dictionary of ideas. These ideas are the1052 key words that have been distilled from a spoken corpus of 10 million words and a written corpus of 30 million words. From these key words, the student is presented with options to help guide her in homing in on the most semantically relevant word for a particular context or situation. All the options are common, and are shown in order of frequency. The great strength of this dictionary is that it gives clear guidance on how words are normally used, and in which context they are appropriate, whether it be spoken or written, formal or informal, child or adult, or American or British. I particularly liked the dozen or so illustrations that demonstrate how proper use of the dictionary can train the learner to select words and phrases that a native-speaker would use, and perhaps I would have liked to see more of them. The Longman Language Activator is an excellent reference guide for teachers, and simply a must have for any advanced learner hoping to turn passive knowledge into active use.


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mandarinis said...

hi! it seems like the .rar has nothing in it.. is that possible, do i have to do sth in order to get the book? thanks!

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