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Latin English Lexicon Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8212 KB
  • Print Length: 3536 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PerLingua Language Tools; 3.1 edition (2 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Lewis's "Elementary Latin Dictionary" is arguably still the best medium-sized Latin-English dictionary available and seems to be faithfully reproduced here, bar the section "Brief Helps for Latin Readers". It has been usefully augmented by a selection of proper nouns. Kindle implementation is to a high standard and in particular the recognition of inflected words is much better than one finds in, for example, the "Collins Complete and Unabridged Italian-English Dictionary". Lewis only covers Classical vocabulary so for late Latin and medieval texts "Lexicon" needs to be supplemented by a version of William Whitaker's excellent "Words" dictionary (at least 2 are available for the Kindle at even lower cost than "Lexicon"). If you use a Paperwhite rather than a basic Kindle you can have the best of both worlds by first setting "Words" as your default English dictionary, then switching to "Lexicon"; if you do this, any word missing from "Lexicon" will automatically be searched for in "Words".

The review by Lector avidus on amazon.com is worth reading. Interestingly, the glitch he mentions with the table of abbreviations only manifests itself on the Paperwhite, not the basic Kindle. Another amazon.com reviewer cites 11 inflected words "Lexicon" fails to recognise; my copy does recognise 6 of these, while another 2 are compound verbs not present in Lewis.

One minor irritation: the italicisation of definitions is very inconsistently applied.

Update, 17 August 2015: It seems that the excellent “dictionary cascade” feature described above was only available on the first version of the Paperwhite, and furthermore was removed from that with a firmware update (avoid if you still can by staying in Aeroplane Mode!). However, you can still switch between dictionaries without leaving the text you are currently reading.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8bd534e8) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bdd1ee8) out of 5 stars Good, but doesn't always recognize verbs 28 April 2013
By Marcus Censor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It is a very handy lexicon to have on one's kindle, which is where I do most of my casual Latin reading; but it's not quite perfect yet. I notice that the lexicon struggles especially with identifying verbs. Even with well-known common verbs, sometimes you want to look up information about them, alternate meanings, citations, etc.

Here's just a quick list of verbs the lexicon did not recognize:


I certainly don't mean to be too critical - it is a nice tool; but with a little more development it could be a great tool.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c7c9bac) out of 5 stars First really excellent Latin-English Dictionary for the Kindle! 11 Mar. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Kudos to Thomas McCarthy for his digital recasting of material from Lewis', "Elementary Latin Dictionary"! It is an invaluable resource for Latin scholars at any level, and well worth the price.

Lewis' original work is a traditional reference for English-speaking students of Latin, and contains a wealth of morphological references (word-roots) and quotations. The digital version seems to lack Lewis' list of abbreviations used in the lemmas, but it is available at the "LEM_abbreviations.php" subaddress of "latinlexicon.org" (sorry, Amazon has blocked explicit hyperlinks in postings).

I was somewhat critical of Mr. McCarthy's previous reworking of Whitaker's WORDS-database under the heading of "A Digital Latin Dictionary for Students," since it had none of the aids traditionally provided for beginning students (most importantly vowel-pointings and usage references), but this new work more than fits the bill.

I'm sure his efforts on that first publication gave him confidence in establishing the complex disinflection rules needed for an interactive Latin dictionary to function. (Anyone who believes those efforts are trivial should note that none of the major commercial publishers of Latin dictionaries have come out with Kindle versions as yet - even while publishing text-linked versions of all their other interlingual dictionaries...)

Níl ab omní parte beátum, however, and some users will miss the neologisms included in the WORDS-database, and others the esoteric entries to be found in the more ponderous "Lewis & Short" dictionary. All of the current electronic resources suffer from a dearth of proper name references (geographical and otherwise), and some proper names also don't appear dynamically cross-referenced in this new dictionary, though you can find them by typing in Kindle's "look-up" area. There are other rare instances of the dynamic look-up algorithm failing in places where the earlier publication succeeded, most notably in texts that employ the rounded form of consonantal-u followed by vocalic-u. Some common lexemes with acute consonantal-u also fail to cross-reference (e.g. either "vulnere" or "volnere" and "degeneraverat") but I'm sure these are minor bugs that will be worked out in updated editions.

Here's hoping McCarthy and others continue this labor of love (What else should we call it?), and revise and integrate new material into their publications.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c7c9ab0) out of 5 stars Fine but... we dont read a dictionary as a novel! [CORRIGENDUM] 27 April 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is fine but as other dictionaries, not functional in Kindle's system. How will we find any word by searching? For example when we search "moneo", it shows all entries that contains "moneo" in section of definitions, not English entry / definition of moneo. Any dictionary searching in Kindle is not functional, except main American English dictionary for ebooks.

We dont read a dictionary as a novel, we need one to one definition system. So I think we need any update for solving this big problem too.


Firstly I used this book in my Kindle Fire, so erred about its usage. (Nevertheless its usage in Kindle Fire is still a sketchy.) Then I experienced with it in Kindle DX, it can be used as a dictionary with its function of searchability. So sorry for my fault. But maybe It would be better, if entry texts, main definitions and examples differed from each other, more clearly.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c7c951c) out of 5 stars Great Dictionary 5 Mar. 2013
By AuntieMame - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was feeling nostalgic about Latin and my lack of retention from Middle School. I found this and reminded myself that it's nice to know the root of the latin words. This dictionary provides good etymological info, and is so easy to use. I admit I had to look for it once it downloaded, until I realized it went into the Dictionary section. It's great to think of a word and complete the quick search. This will be a fun project. Quidem.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cf92f24) out of 5 stars Automatic switch 12 Jun. 2013
By Jim B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loaded this into my dictionary preferences along side my English dictionary. I read a lot of Roman military history and encounter a lot of Latin terms. Now I just click the word and the definition come up. If I then click an English word that definition come up with no switching
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