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Language and Education Network - Research Seminar - Ana Frankenberg-Garcia (University of Surrey) Dictionary support for writing

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Ana Frankenberg-Garcia (University of Surrey)

Dictionary support for writing

Dictionaries have traditionally been used to look up what words mean, how they are spelled, or how they can be translated. However, many of today’s dictionaries provide additional information that goes beyond spellings and definitions (or translations, in the case of bilingual dictionaries). In this talk, I will demonstrate how dictionaries can help writers, with specific reference to researchers and students writing about their work in English. I will first review some of the lexical resources available to help academic English writers. Next, I will introduce ColloCaid, a text editor with an integrated dictionary of collocations (or word combinations) that has been designed to help academic writers enhance the vocabulary and fluency of their texts as they write. The ColloCaid prototype is free to use and can be accessed at  


ColloCaid was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), ref. AH/P003508/1.  


About the Speaker

ANA FRANKENBERG-GARCIA (PhD in Applied Linguistics, Edinburgh) is a Reader in Translation Studies and Programme Leader of the MA in Translation at the University of Surrey. Her research focuses on corpus applications in lexicography, assisted writing and translation. Ana has worked as Principal Investigator of the ColloCaid project, Project Leader of the COMPARA parallel corpus, Chief Editor of the bilingual Oxford Portuguese Dictionary, and UK partner in the Supporting the Internationalization of Brazilian Research project. She has recently co-edited a volume on  Corpora in ESP/EAP Writing Instruction  published by Routledge, and some of her latest work includes open-access journal articles available from ReCALLLanguage TeachingJournal of English for Academic PurposesInternational Journal of Lexicography and Target




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