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The future of dictionaries, dictionaries of the future

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The dictionary landscape is likely to change going forward and we may have to accept that a dictionary is not just a dictionary. Dictionaries of tomorrow will be information tools that provide help to satisfy specific types of lexicographically relevant need of specific types of potential user in specific types of extra-lexicographic situation. These tools will be designed and developed in line with advances in society, for example communications technology and the general use of digital media, providing lexicographers with a platform that allows them to respond satisfactorily to the needs for information and knowledge of actual and potential users. The lexicographic platform will be supported by a theoretical pillar using principles for making dictionaries that provide users with limited amounts of structured data from which useful information can be retrieved. In addition, a practical pillar will use available technical features which provide help that satisfies user needs. The discussion is based on the possible courses of action related to present-day knowledge found in general and in lexicography in particular. It shows, inter alia, how databases can serve as bases for several dictionaries; how dictionaries can provide data that specifically cater to different types of user; how users can personalise dictionaries; and how lexicographers can offer users different ways of access to the lexicographic data.
TitelThe Bloomsbury Handbook of Lexicography
RedaktørerHoward Jackson
ForlagBloomsbury Academic
Udgivelsesårmar. 2022
ISBN (trykt)9781350181700
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781350181724, 9781350181717
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2022
SerietitelBloomsbury handbooks


  • dictionary functions, databases, user needs, lexicography, dictionaries, information, digital media, user types, lexicographic data, data presentation, information tools

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