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The sample on the web site, however, still looks like a traditional dictionary (http:// www. linguistics. edu/hyperdico/). REVIEW OF LITERATURE 53 kinds of lexicographic and encyclopaedic knowledge accumulated over the centuries. From an electronic point of view, several sources of information can be available at the same time. It is possible to match the different parts of a dictionary, indeed of several dictionaries, with the different steps of a learner’s query, merging a number of search utilities regardless of what they were originally designed for.

G. find overdo by looking for exaggerate). A criticism one can make of the Activator is that, in spite of its 1600 pages, its innovations and its size are, overall, modest. There are not enough examples and, since only the most frequent superordinates were included, there might be too few entries for advanced learners. DICTIONARIES, HISTORY AND LEARNERS’ NEEDS 39 Even so, the Activator is a large volume and the fact that it was printed on paper must have limited the inclusion of more entries and examples.

Second, in my experience for Western and non-Western learners alike Latin words of this kind are easier to learn than Anglo-Saxon words, for reasons I can only guess at. If, apart from that, the subjects had themselves a Neo-Latin background, a circumstance not revealed in the article, to grasp the meaning of these words would be an utterly simple task. Along the same line of thought, we could even consider the difference in impact of examples on learners coming from different language families: agglutinative, analytic, incorporating, or inflectional.

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