On the disciplinary and functional status of economic lexicography

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Dictionaries of Economics in the broad sense of the word – i.e. dictionaries of macro- and micro-economics, business, trade, commerce, etc. – have existed in the European context for more than 300 years. The thousands of dictionaries published in this long period constitute an immense body of knowledge and experience which have never been subjected to a systematic study in order to draw lessons for future works. The article shows how Dictionaries of Economics have been extremely flexible in their adaptation to the complex and ever changing needs of their users. The great differences in terms of name, size, content, style, and structure may, at least partially, be explained by this fact. In this respect, the article systematizes the functions registered in economic dictionaries during the past 300 years, and presents some suggestions for the immediate future of online dictionaries. The article regards lexicography as an independent discipline with a strong interdisciplinary and co-operative spirit. It argues that, in today’s online environment, no high-quality specialised dictionary can be produced without, on the one hand, knowledge of lexicographical theory and practice, and on the other hand, interdisciplinary collaboration between various kinds of experts, among them lexicographers, subject-field experts, programmers, web-designers, professional publishers, etc.
Sider (fra-til)179-200
Antal sider22
StatusUdgivet - 2015


  • Lexicography, Specialised Lexicography, Specialised Dictionaries, Dictionaries of economics, Economic dictionaries, Online dictionaries, Internet dictionaries

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