Online dictionaries: today and tomorrow

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This article initially provides a panoramic overview and a preliminary typologization of present and future online dictionaries based upon their application of the available technologies and suggests that the future of lexicography will be the development of highly sophisticated tools which may provide individualized solutions to the users’ punctual information needs. In this respect, it analyses the relation between the type and the individual and argues that lexicographers, although having individualization of needs satisfaction as their goal, still have to work with types of user, situation, need, consultation, and data. The article then proceeds to the discussion of some advanced information science techniques that may contribute to the desired individualization. Upon this basis, it finally discusses the interaction between online dictionaries and external sources like the Internet and other corpora from where data can be imported as mashups in the dictionary articles, as well as the problems related to the validation of these automatically selected data.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLexicographica: International Annual for Lexicography / Revue Internationale de Lexicographie / Internationales Jahrbuch für Lexikographie
Pages (from-to)253-267
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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