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Networks and Knowledge in Roget's Thesaurus$
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Werner Hüllen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553235.001.0001

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The Didactic Potential of Thesauri

The Didactic Potential of Thesauri

(p.122) 9 The Didactic Potential of Thesauri
Networks and Knowledge in Roget's Thesaurus

Werner Hüllen

Oxford University Press

The didactic potential of all thesauri is seen in the fact that their arrangement is more amenable to natural retrieval techniques than the alphabet. This is the case even though the latter seems to guarantee faster access in everyday use. The macrostructure which is explicitly given and the pragmatic structures which are implied can be used as recurring parts of word definitions. In addition, there is the headword index. Learning to work with a thesaurus is more challenging than being the subject of the alphabet and can develop the linguistic resources of the individual.

Keywords:   cross-reference, semantic affinity, didactic, retrieval technique, onomasiological, ideational, topical, semasiological

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