Introduction: Lexicography a a Crossroads: Dictionaries and Encyclopedias Today, Lexicographical Tools Tomorrow

Henning Bergenholtz, Sandro Nielsen, Sven Tarp

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Abstract

Theoretical lexicography currently has two competing theories: a contemplative theory focusing on the description of existing dictionaries on the basis of linguistic principles, and a function-based, transformative theory focusing on the dictionary and the user in order to develop new principles for dictionary research and dictionary making. Research in lexicography has now reached a crossroads and it is time to take stock of the present situation and try to identify the theories and principles that will set the agenda and point the direction for future lexicographic research and the production of printed and electronic dictionaries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLexicography at a Crossroads : Dictionaries and Encyclopedias today, Lexicographical Tools tomorrow
EditorsHenning Bergenholtz, Sandro Nielsen, Sven Tarp
Number of pages9
Place of publicationBern
PublisherPeter Lang
Publication date2009
Pages7-15
ISBN (Print)978-3-03911-799-4
Publication statusPublished - 2009
SeriesLinguistic Insights, Studies in Language and Communication
Volume90
ISSN1424-8689

Keywords

  • Lexicography
  • Dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias
  • Reference works

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