Eine Korpusanalyse ist eine überflüssige Zeremonie

Henning Bergenholtz

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The title of this paper does not reflect my own opinion. The title is from a paper by Isa Itkonen. The fight between the position expressed by these quotations and corpus makers was a main topic in the second part of the 1970s. The first book or one of the first books on the construction and analysis of text corpora edited by Henning Bergenholtz and Burkhard Schaeder published in Europe is from 1979, unfortunately with a German title, but with many contributions in English, e.g. by Nelson W. Francis, Stig Johansson, Randolph Quirk and Jan Svartvik. Today, you do not have to fight for making and using corpora. On the contrary, there is a need for discussing the limitations of the use of corpora. As a lexicographer, I will discuss this problem based on cases such as grammar and collocation items where we definitely cannot get trustful and helpful dictionary articles. But we do not need corpus analysis for all kinds of lexicographic work, e.g. not for the construction of meaning items for some kinds of specialized dictionaries. And we do not need a corpus for the lemma selection in other kinds of specialized dictionaries. But also for general language dictionaries, especially learner’s dictionaries, the need for explicit frequency items is doubtful if the dictionaries are made as tools designed to help the case of text reception or text production.
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationWörterbuchforschung und Lexikographie
EditorsStefan J. Schierholz, Rufus Hjalmar Gouws, Zita Hollós, Werner Wolski
Number of pages14
Place of publicationBerlin
PublisherDe Gruyter
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-047219-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-11-047228-8
Publication statusPublished - 2016
SeriesLexicographica. Series Maior, Supplementbände zum Internationalen Jahrbuch für Lexikographie

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