Data Presentation Structures in Specialised Dictionaries: Law Dictionaries with Communicative Functions

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Theoretical lexicographers have developed a range of elaborate structures to
describe the arrangement of data inside dictionaries, in particular in dictionary articles. However, most of these structures have been developed on the basis of detailed analyses of print dictionaries and relatively little has been said about the arrangement of data in e-dictionaries. The relevant data types are lexicographical data providing help concerning the function(s) and use of dictionaries on search results pages. In order to create a visual hierarchy on screen that makes the most important search result data stand out, lexicographers should prioritize functional data that are directly related to and support the function(s) of dictionaries on a need-to-have/nice-to have basis, because data presentation structures with functional focus may better
help users achieve their intended goals, i.e. finding answers to problems in communicative situations. One result is that lexicographers can analyse and describe the visual hierarchy in terms of data presentation fields and search zones, even though some search results may be described as non-articles.
TidsskriftLexicographica: International Annual for Lexicography / Revue Internationale de Lexicographie / Internationales Jahrbuch für Lexikographie
Sider (fra-til)200-216
Antal sider17
StatusUdgivet - 2015


  • Lexicography
  • Leksikografi
  • Dictionaries
  • Ordbøger
  • Online dictionaries
  • Online ordbøger
  • Online lexicography
  • Online leksikografi
  • Dictionary functions
  • Ordbogsfunktioner
  • Layout
  • Visual attention
  • Search zones
  • Søgezoner
  • Data Structures
  • Fagleksikografi
  • Specialised Lexicography