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Towards Chinese Learner’s Dictionaries for Foreigners Living in China: Some Problems Related to Lemma Selection

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  • Mei Xue, Department of Foreign Language,China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing)
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  • Sven Tarp
During the past decades, various dictionaries for foreign learners of Chinese have seen the light. Except for one picture dictionary which is almost completely ignored in the academic literature, none or these dictionaries have taken into account the special needs which foreigners living and learning Chinese in China may have. The contribution will discuss these needs with special focus on lemma selection. It will argue that foreigners living in China, in order to meet their lexicographical needs, require additional words typically occurring in social contexts in which they often find themselves, whether or not these words have a high corpus-frequency. As a solution it therefore recommends a set of selection criteria that combine corpus frequency and context relevance. Finally, it discusses how logfiles reflecting user behaviour can be used as a new and very reliable empirical source for lemma selection.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftLexikos
Vol/bind28
Sider (fra-til)384-404
Antal sider21
ISSN1684-4904
StatusUdgivet - 2018

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