In this Issue
Letters to the Editor
Write to Us
Spread the Word
Back Issues

What's in a word?
Professor Michael Hoey
considers the consequences
of changes in lexicography

Language Interference
False Friends between
Spanish and English
Read about cognates, false friends
and unreliable friends

Focus on Language
Awareness: Word formation

Common processes of
word formation in English
UK version  US version

New word of the month
Compounds and blends

Top Tips for the CD-ROMs
Using the CD-ROM for
teaching collocations


In this Issue

Welcome to the August issue of the MED Magazine, the monthly webzine of the Macmillan English Dictionaries resource site!

In the feature article this month Michael Hoey, Chief Adviser of the Macmillan English Dictionary and Baines Professor of English Language, considers the innovations which resulted from the revolution in lexicography at the end of the 20th century, and evaluates how language is described in pre-corpus and corpus-based learners' dictionaries.

The top tips in this issue give you advice on how you can teach collocations, idiomatic phrases and grammar patterns with the help of the MED and Essential CD-ROMs.

We continue the series on Language Interference with an article about English and Spanish cognates, false friends and unreliable friends.

Word formation is the topic of the new word column. This article describes how new words are formed as a result of the productive processes of compounding and blending.

The Language Awareness article takes a broader look at how words are formed and describes the most common types of word formation in the English language.

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Kati Sule