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Giant new encyclopaedia on Czech language available on Internet

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Brno, Aug 14 (CTK) – A new encyclopaedic dictionary dealing with the Czech language, which has some 1,600 items and is one of the largest works of its kind, was completed by 200 linguists in the past five years and has become free available on www.czechency.org now.

The collective work of Czech and foreign linguists was completed in the Czech Language Institute of the Brno-based Masaryk University’s (MU) Faculty of Arts, Martina Fojtu, from MU’s press department, told CTK on Monday.

The dictionary offers not only texts, pictures and charts but also audio recordings of Czech dialects and videos explaining the Czech sign language.

The dictionary’s electronic version enables users to easily switch between various entries, search for unknown expressions and overview all data linked to individual linguistic categories.

The project financed by the Czech Grant Agency is not designated for linguists and university teachers only, but also for secondary school teachers and other experts such as IT specialists, journalists and lawyers, Petr Karlik, from the Faculty of Arts, said.

The scientific work on the dictionary and the preparation of its electronic version ended in 2015. Afterwards, a printed version was prepared and issued by the Nakladatelstvi Lidove noviny publishers earlier this year.

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