New Dictionary Pushes Standards Forward Again

6-7 2001 Kultura English
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One of the many things Czech that have much improved since the fall of the iron curtain is the quality of Czech-English dictionaries. Freer contact between West and East and increased interest in Czech culture from abroad have led to a plethora of new dictionaries. Some have been hurried and amateurish, but two dictionaries have led the way in raising standards - those of Ivan Poldauf and of Josef Fronek. Both these have regularly updated their products and the team to most recently stake a new claim for primacy is Fronek's one based at Glasgow University. Their latest update includes not only more words and more examples of their contextual uses but also far more extensive related grammatical information. Each word is coded to enable the reader to look up its declension or conjugation in the easy-to-use and comprehensive tables included. These are particularly useful in the case of more unusual declensions, which in other dictionaries are often buried in sub-categories. Foreign fans of the Czech language can be pleased that in the case of dictionaries competition and international contacts have really brought results.

Ian Finlay

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