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Title:
Spanish and Portuguese literatures and their times : (The Iberian peninsula)
Author:
Moss, Joyce, 1951-
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Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale Group, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xliv, 558 pages : illustrations ; cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780787637309
Format :
Book

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"World Literature and Its Times helps students and researchers make connections between the political/social climate during which books were written and the works themselves. Each volume focuses on major fiction, poetry and nonfiction from a particular country or region, presenting approximately 50 works in detailed essays running approximately 10 pages. Future volumes will cover Italian, Russian, Jewish, Asian, French, Indian and German literatures.


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Booklist Review

The trade name many people associate with the phrase "unabridged dictionary" has at last launched a Web version of its most famous work. Merriam-Webster Unabridged (MWU) contains all entries from Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged (Merriam-Webster, 1993) and the six addenda that have been published and presents it within an easy-to-use interface at a reasonable price. It also comes with links to a "Reference Library" featuring an online atlas as well as the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, an online monthly newsletter, various word games, and the ability to submit a new word. A seventh addenda section will be available on the site in September 2002. MWU's opening screen offers eight types of searches: Main Entry, Begins With, Ends With, Crossword, Definition, Rhyme, Etymology, and Jumble. Each is self-explanatory with the exception of Crossword, which allows the use of a question mark for a single-character wild card and an asterisk for any number of letters. (Actually, the same search works in the Main Entry search; typing in "th?o*t" for either Main Entry or Crossword retrieves 32 entries, including theocrat and throughput). Main Entry searches automatically retrieve any inflected forms, variant spellings, homographs, and phrases derived from the main entry. For example, a search for put retrieves feed bag, which contains the phrase put on the feed bag, as well as the entry put down. Help is available in several places from the main entry screen. If there is an illustration (and there aren't many--only 1,000 or so according to the User's Guide), it is available via a hyperlink at the end of an entry. Any search brings up a scrollable menu of results listing the relevant entries. Clicking on a term in the results list brings up the full definition and entry, with all parts clearly labeled (main entry, pronunciation, function, inflected forms, etc.). A Pronunciation Guide link near the headword opens a separate window listing the most common pronunciations and also provides the only place in the unabridged work where one can hear audio pronunciations--though only for the sample pronunciation and not for the entry itself. The results list is limited to 400 entries, though the total number of results is always indicated ("2639 entries found, of which 400 are in list"). Cross-references to other entries are hyperlinked. Each entry also contains hyperlinks allowing one to search the entry in the Collegiate Dictionary or in the thesaurus. In addition to a Get Help tab, each main entry also has tabs enabling one to bookmark the entry, print it in a printer-friendly format, e-mail it, or browse the dictionary by opening a separate window listing 20 entries alphabetically before and 20 entries alphabetically after the entry being examined. At any point while in the site, the same eight search types featured on the main page are available via a drop-down menu at the top of the screen, making it easy to start a new search. The Advanced Search screen features 11 search boxes: Main Entry, Definition, Function, Etymology, Usage Note, Usage Example, Author Quoted, Synonym Paragraph, Rhyme, Homophone, and Cryptogram. Any box may be filled in for a combined field search. However, more than one word in a box gets mixed results depending on the field searched and does not constitute a phrase search. For example, a search for old English in the Etymology field retrieves not just Old English but also English, Middle English, Old French, and Old Norse. Fair enough--it's an implied and within the field. On the other hand, an Advanced Search in the Author Quoted field for Joseph Conrad retrieves nothing. The same search omitting Joseph does retrieve quotes, but some of these are from a Barnaby Conrad. Although in most retrieved entries search terms are easy to find because they are highlighted in bold red type, inflected forms of the search term are not. A search in the Definition field for house will retrieve any definition that contains the words houses, housing, or other forms, but only house is highlighted. As the User's Guide points out, search results "might actually be organized in two sections: words from the base dictionary arranged alphabetically, followed by words from the addenda sections arranged alphabetically." For example, a search in the Definition field for code retrieves 296 entries. One must scroll through this list, past the entry for zulu, to discover that the listing begins anew with AC and continues through zip-code, because this latter group all came from the addenda. Dictionary and addenda entries should have been combined. More disheartening is the complete lack of neologisms. One must rely on the link to the Collegiate Dictionary for terms such as cyberspace, flatline, Internet, newbie, or velociraptor. A search on spam brings up the term in the unabridged work, but one must click on the Collegiate Dictionary link to retrieve its e-mail use. Such terms should have been incorporated within the unabridged version's lexicon. The final shortcoming is the lack of audio pronunciations, which is another area where the user must remember to link to the Collegiate version. Merriam-Webster will need to incorporate some changes in MWU to take full advantage of its new online environment. It is hoped that the current reliance on the Collegiate Dictionary for neologisms and audio pronunciations does not cause the smaller work to get yanked from its present free status on the Web and get folded into the paid unabridged site. Shortcomings aside, public and academic libraries should certainly add MWU to their collections if budget allows, if only because of the Merriam-Webster name. Merriam-Webster at least offers its premier unabridged work on the Web. While some other dictionary publishers may claim to be more up to date, most have yet to mount any Internet version--for free or fee. Will the next war of unabridged dictionaries be fought on the Web?