The amazing vitality of things that don’t exist

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This contribution moves in the grey zone between lexicographical reality and fiction. It starts three hundred years ago and presents some dictionaries that do not exist. It then follows the historical development and shows how these dictionaries recently have got company by lexicographical theories that flourish although they do not exist either. It argues that this mess has been created and have survived until our days because some lexicographers follow their personal preferences instead of being faithful to their empirical basis. The contribution sends an optimistic message praising the vitality of the non-existing dictionaries and theories.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWörterbuchforschung und Lexikographie
EditorsStefan J. Schierholz, Rufus H. Gouws, Zita Hollós, Werner Wolski
Number of pages12
PublisherWalter de Gruyter
Publication year2016
Pages227-238
Chapter12
ISBN (print)978-3-11-047219-6
StatePublished - 2016
SeriesLexicographica. Series Maior
Volume151
ISSN0175-9264

    Research areas

  • Lexicography

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