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September 03, 2003

LDOCE4 Launched in Japan

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishThe latest Japanese edition of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (LDOCE4, pronounced "eldos 4") was launched yesterday during an event held at the British Council in Tokyo. Organized by Pearson Education Japan, in conjunction with the BC, Maruzen and Kirihara, the event featured two special guest speakers: Della Summers, Director of Longman UK Dictionaries and Prof. David Crystal, Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales. The release of the 4th edition of LDOCE also marks the 25th anniversary of the dictionary's original publication in 1978. The dictionary has 106,000 words and phrases and comes complete with a CD-ROM, which contains a host of additional features, such as the Longman Language Activator, 220,000 collocations, sound files for all head words, and a pop-up dictionary function that ties in with Internet browsers. The LDOCE4 retails for ¥4,000 plus tax (¥3,500 plus tax without CD-ROM). LDOCE4 Web site.

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