Balancing the tools: The functional transformation of lexicographic tools for tourists

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The purpose of this article is to describe the potential of a new combination of functions in lexicographic tools for tourists. So far lexicography has focused on the communicative information needs of tourists, i.e. helping tourists decide what to say in a number of specific tourist situations, in othe words communicative functions. However, this kind of help should not stand alone. It is argued that tourists also have experiential information needs that are lexicographically relevant. These needs can be satisfied by lexicographic tools that help tourists decide what to do in various specific tourist situations, wherever and whenever needed. It is demonstrated how this type of objective knowledge, which is conventionally represented in tourist guides and on tourist web sites, could benefit from being arranged in a lexicographic design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLexicography in the 21st Century :  In honour of Henning Bergenholtz
EditorsSandro Nielsen, Sven Tarp
Number of pages19
Place of publicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication date2009
ISBN (Print)978 90 272 2336 4
ISBN (Electronic)978 90 272 8901 8
Publication statusPublished - 2009
SeriesTerminology and Lexicography Research and Practice (TLRP)


  • tourist lexicography
  • tourist dictionary
  • experiential access


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