Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997 09:03:55 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: ADS-L; Hazard; Legal Sharks; Linguistics Dictionary; Dog Names At 02:10 AM 12/9/97 EST, you wrote: > I just bought THE CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF LINGUISTICS by Peter >Matthews (1997, Oxford University Press, paperback, 410 pages, $13.95). It's >more comprehensive (3,000 entries), but less in-depth than Crystal's >dictionary. Why isn't anyone doing a CD-ROM linguistics dictionary? > Very few CD-ROM's have made money to date, I'm told by people who work in and with the industry (Silicon Alley in downtown NYC; NYU's Interactive Telecommunications program). Many have instead been done as give-aways included with some hardware or software purchase. But DVD's (digital video disks) are coming at this point, and can hold much more than a CD-ROM. But whether DVD will prove to be a financially viable technology is another issue. It seems to me that the advantages of CD-ROM/DVD (search capability etc.) are great. For example, you can search the entire OED2 text (not just headwords) looking for a word or collocation of phrase in about 15 seconds. But until individuals and institutions buy CD-ROM's/DVD's enough so that they make back their investment plus some kind of profit for those sinking effort and money into them, the list of available titles will remain small. Gregory {Greg} Downing, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]