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date: 26 January 2020

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The main characteristics of learners’ dictionaries are identified and described. The history and development of this genre of dictionary is summarized and analysed. Current issues confronting this kind of dictionary are identified. More than 70 years have passed since the publication of A. S. Hornby’s Idiomatic and Syntactic English Dictionary (1942), reprinted a few years later by Oxford University Press as A Learner’s Dictionary of Current English (1948). Hornby firmly established a genre of dictionary which has been at the forefront of lexicographical innovation during the past few decades. And the evolution of learners’ dictionaries has certainly not come to its end. Electronic media like the internet have created new opportunities but also challenges for dictionary makers and dictionary users. This chapter aims to sketch the remarkable history and development of monolingual learners’ dictionaries (MLDs), focusing on their salient features, and on current issues and future trends in the field.

Keywords: (monolingual English) learners' dictionaries, electronic learners' dictionaries, bilingualized learners' dictionaries, features of learners' dictionaries, history of lexicography, history of learners' dictionaries

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