Information overload and data overload in lexicography

Rufus H. Gouws, Sven Tarp

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Too often online dictionaries still display too many features determined by the restrictions that applied to printed dictionaries. Data overload in dictionary articles can be regarded as one such relic from the past. However, the idea that online dictionaries have unlimited space has furthered the often uncritical inclusion of too much data. This paper discusses the general term information overload and its lexicographical counterpart data overload. Different types of data overload are identified and the problems users have when retrieving the necessary information from dictionary articles are indicated. The paper does not try to find solutions but rather focused on the problems and the need for further research to ensure an improvement in the future lexicographic practice.
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Lexicography
Sider (fra-til)389-415
Antal sider27
StatusUdgivet - 2017


  • Lexicography
  • Information overload
  • Data overload
  • Online lexicography
  • Online dictionaries
  • Function theory