Information overload and data overload in lexicography

Rufus H. Gouws, Sven Tarp

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Abstract

Too often online dictionaries still display too many features determined by the restrictions that applied to printed dictionaries. Data overload in dictionary articles can be regarded as one such relic from the past. However, the idea that online dictionaries have unlimited space has furthered the often uncritical inclusion of too much data. This paper discusses the general term information overload and its lexicographical counterpart data overload. Different types of data overload are identified and the problems users have when retrieving the necessary information from dictionary articles are indicated. The paper does not try to find solutions but rather focused on the problems and the need for further research to ensure an improvement in the future lexicographic practice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Lexicography
Volume30
Issue4
Pages (from-to)389-415
Number of pages27
ISSN0950-3846
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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