Diccionario Del Espanol Actual/dictionary of Modern Spanish (2-Volume Set) (英語) ハードカバー – 1999/11/30
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Manuel Seco and his dedicated group of language professionals developed this successful project over a thirty-year period. The Diccionario del Espaol Actual is the first Spanish Dictionary, which includes the vocabulary of the second half of the twentieth-century using real records. All the information has been compiled from more than 1,600 books of all genres and thousands of periodic publications. In over 4,600 pages this dictionary studies 75,000 words, with 141,000 meanings and 200,000 quotes of uses of the actual Spanish language.
The distribution of senses and definitions has been done under new criterions to inform the users not only about the meanings, but also about the functions and places of every word in a sentence. Seco and his group focused and emphasized on two sides of a words content: the semantic value and the syntactic value, making this dictionary one of the most complete and practical works of reference.
This is an important work that should be used as much for primary study as for secondary reference. It limits its entries to words in current use. Rather than relying on sample sentences created by its authors, the dictionary cites real published Spanish to illustrate a particular meaning of an entry--similar to the OED, though limited to the second half of the twentieth century.
In as far as comparing this dictionary with others. I don't believe it is competing with any other. No, it does not have the latest terms. I don't think any voluminous dictionary can--particularly where innovation and techology are concerned. But its authority is unassailable. It deserves a place on the same bookshelf as Maria Moliner's Diccionario de Uso del Espanol and Rufino J. Cuervo's Diccionario de construcción y régimen de la lengua castellana.
Additionally, and to justify its considerable price, Aguilar (its publisher) should have included the CD version of this title. I do not know if such version exists (Aguilar does not list it among its products) but its apparent unavailability makes this dictionary technologically outdated. Advances in word processing and application software integration, and increasing consumers' technological sophistication make dictionaries in CD format a required product offering if publishers are to meet the demands of new generations of users.
In summary, although I acknowledge Mr. Seco and his team's commendable efforts to develop a quality dictionary, they need to update it to succesfully compete with similar products in the market. As an alternative to Mr. Seco's book, I recommend Maria Moliner's "Diccionario de Uso del Español" 2nd. ed. which comes in print and CD formats; its price, however, is also high, although many consider it worth the investment.