Dictionary FAQs:

Q: Is a dictionary a collection of words in one or more specific languages, often alphabetically , with usage of information, definitions, etymologies, phonetics, pronunciations, translation, and other information?

A: Yes, or a book of words in one language with their equivalents in another, also known as a lexicon.

Q: Were dictionaries Akkadian Empire cuneiform tablets with bilingual Sumerian–Akkadian wordlists?

A: Yes, and discovered in Ebla and dated roughly 2300 BCE.

Q: Was a dictionary the long-lost 682 CE Niina glossary of Chinese characters?

A: Yes.

Q: Are dictionaries most commonly found in the form of a book?

A: Yes, but some newer dictionaries, like StarDict and the New Oxford American Dictionary are dictionary software running on PDAs or computers.

Q: Was a dictionary invented by an Englishman called John of Garland in 1220 - he had written a book Dictionarius to help with Latin diction?

A: Yes.

Q: Are dictionaries supposed to be semasiological?

A: Yes, and mapping word to definition, while specialized dictionaries are supposed to be onomasiological, first identifying concepts and then establishing the terms used to designate them.

Q: Are dictionaries used to control machine translations or cross-lingual information retrieval the content is usually multilingual and usually of huge size?

A: Yes.

Q: Were dictionaries compiled between the 8th and 14th centuries CE, organizing words in rhyme order , by alphabetical order of the radicals, or according to the alphabetical order of the first letter?

A: Yes, The modern system was mainly used in specialist dictionaries, such as those of terms from the Qur'an and hadith, while most general use dictionaries, such as the Lisan al-`Arab and al-Qamus al-Muhit listed words in the alphabetical order of the radicals.

Q: Was a dictionary an ex-army surgeon?

A: Yes, and William Chester Minor, a convicted murderer who was confined to an asylum for the criminally insane.

Q: Was a dictionary A Table Alphabeticall?

A: Yes, and written by English schoolteacher Robert Cawdrey in 1604.

Q: Are dictionaries considered less than objectively descriptive as well?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a dictionary deemed to have been produced?

A: Yes, and the fact that today many people still mistakenly believe Johnson to have written the first English dictionary is a testimony to this legacy.