Della Summers

Della Summers - Editor

Welwyn Garden City, UK

Highly skilled editor and proofreader with over 40 years' experience. Grammar guru...

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Overview

I'm a highly experienced dictionary publisher and editor, looking to use my skills for proofreading factual books or any other type of book!
Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Education & Reference
ELT
Health & wellbeing
Parenting & Families
Publishing
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Literature

Awards

  • English Speaking Union Prize for Longman Language Activator (1993)
  • English Speaking Union Prize for Longman Web Dictionary (1993)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Prize for A comprehensive grammar of the English language (Quirk et al) 1985
  • Runnerup Duke of Edinburgh Prize for Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (1987)

Work experience

Director of ELT Dictionaries

Pearson Longman
September, 1976 – May, 2007 (over 30 years)

Before I worked for Pearson (Longman as it was originally), I worked for the Hamlyn Group on reference books before working on the original Collins English Dictionary. I was in charge of the ELT dictionaries publishing for Longman for over 30 years, working internationally in Japan, the US, Korea and elsewhere. I had overall editorial responsibility for many dictionaries over the years, and trained lexicographers and editors, as well as editing lexicographic content throughout that time. Since leaving Pearson, I have worked as a consultant, online adviser, and in many different editorial capacities, writing or editing websites and paper books. I now run a grammar blog from my website:

Managing Editor

Laurence Urdang Associates
November, 1971 – August, 1976 (over 4 years)

Reference book packager set up to write the Collins English Dictionary. I was one of the originators of the first edition of the Collins English Dictionary, writing entries from scratch in an innovative database system, editing various subject fields, and coordinating proofreading.
Managing Editor - Longman Dictionary of English Idioms (1980).
I also wrote articles on literature for Encyclopedia Britannica.

Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (General Grammar)

Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech, Jan Svartvik

An indispensable store of information on the English language, written by some of the best-known grammarians in the world.

An indispensable store of information on the English language, written by some of the best-known grammarians in the world.

Longman Diccionario Concise (Spain Concise) (English and Spanish Edition)

None

Inglés-Español, Español-InglésThis brand-new, full-colour bilingual dictionary for intermediate-advanced learners in Spain helps students speak and write natural English.Over 250,000 words, meanings, phrases and examples 75,000 examples show English as it is really used, with Spanish translations to help students understand the meanings Specially-written language notes help students avoid the ... read more

Inglés-Español, Español-InglésThis brand-new, full-colour bilingual dictionary for intermediate-advanced learners in Spain helps students speak and write natural English.Over 250,000 words, meanings, phrases and examples 75,000 examples show English as it is really used, with Spanish translations to help students understand the meanings Specially-written language notes help students avoid the ... read more

Longman English-Japanese Dictionary (Japanese Bilingual Dictionaries)

Pearson Education

Natural English. Natural Japanese. Designed specifically for Japanese learners, the Longman English-Japanese Bilingual Dictionary is based on the revolutionary Longman Advanced Bilingual Framework.

Natural English. Natural Japanese. Designed specifically for Japanese learners, the Longman English-Japanese Bilingual Dictionary is based on the revolutionary Longman Advanced Bilingual Framework.

Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English

Douglas Biber, Stig Johansson, Geoffrey Leech, Susan Conrad, Edward Finegan

The Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English is a revolutionary, corpus-based reference grammar of English, based on a groundbreaking research project to analyze the ways in which English grammar is really used. The book looks at four text types ¿ conversation, fiction, news reportage, and academic prose ¿ and reports statistical findings as well as examining the reasons that condition a ... read more

The Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English is a revolutionary, corpus-based reference grammar of English, based on a groundbreaking research project to analyze the ways in which English grammar is really used. The book looks at four text types ¿ conversation, fiction, news reportage, and academic prose ¿ and reports statistical findings as well as examining the reasons that condition a ... read more

Longman Dictionary of American English (paperback with PIN) (5th Edition)

Pearson ELT

The Fifth Edition of Longman Dictionary of American English is the key to vocabulary building! Now with the full contents online, plus online Thesaurus and Vocabulary Checker. Clear and comprehensive 109,000 words, meanings and phrases, including words from the Academic Word List 59,000 example sentences, showing thousands of academic words and collocations Clear definitions written using the ... read more

The Fifth Edition of Longman Dictionary of American English is the key to vocabulary building! Now with the full contents online, plus online Thesaurus and Vocabulary Checker. Clear and comprehensive 109,000 words, meanings and phrases, including words from the Academic Word List 59,000 example sentences, showing thousands of academic words and collocations Clear definitions written using the ... read more

Longman Photo Dictionary of American English

Longman

*1000 clear and up-to-date photos make learning over 2500 basic words easy and memorable *Conversation and vocabulary activities offer extra speaking and writing practice on every page, and in a separate section at the back

*1000 clear and up-to-date photos make learning over 2500 basic words easy and memorable *Conversation and vocabulary activities offer extra speaking and writing practice on every page, and in a separate section at the back

L Basic Dictionary of AmEng (2nd Edition)

Pearson Education

The clear, simple definitions are written using the 2,000-word Longman Defining Vocabulary, which means that students can be sure to understand the explanations. Helpful, natural examples illustrate the words and phrases in typical contexts, so students learn as well as understand. The fun cartoons and clear, open design, add up to a dictionary that students will enjoy using!

The clear, simple definitions are written using the 2,000-word Longman Defining Vocabulary, which means that students can be sure to understand the explanations. Helpful, natural examples illustrate the words and phrases in typical contexts, so students learn as well as understand. The fun cartoons and clear, open design, add up to a dictionary that students will enjoy using!

Longman Advanced American Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Book & CD-ROM)

Pearson Education

Book by Pearson Education, David P

Book by Pearson Education, David P

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