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The ideal number of lemmas in an ideal accounting dictionary

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Lemma lacunas in dictionaries are a traditional focus area for lexicographers, but the opposite problem, which we choose to call lemma flooding, has received very little attention. The study of this flooding could be relevant in order to save lexicographers spending thousands of hours producing dictionary entries, which nobody reads.
In Bergenholtz & Norddahl (2012) we showed that lesser than 33% of all dictionary articles were consulted during three years by 18 million dictionary consultations in a dictionary with 111.000 entries. We examined nine possible reasons why a given word might not be of interest to users and could consequently be ignored in order to avoid lemma flooding. We tried to demonstrate that while it is not possible to completely avoid lemma flooding, implementing a relative simple rule could reduce it. But in reality the results were quite disappointing, because there were no clear rules or methods to avoid the lemma flooding.
Now we will try the same kind of analyses of log files for the English-Danish and the Danish-English Accounting Dictionaries. We see here that there are differences between different dictionaries (monolingual for English and Danish and bilingual for English-Danish and Danish-English). We will try to give some explanations, but must in beforehand admit that we have not found satisfying explanations which could lead to a plan for coming accounting dictionaries or other economic dictionaries avoiding the production of never used dictionary articles.
Sider (fra-til)143-150
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 2014


  • lemma selection, log file, dictionary use, accounting dictionary, lexicography, dictionary

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