Reviewing printed and electronic dictionaries: A theoretical and practical framework

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Dictionary reviewing is an integral part of the lexicographic universe. However, lexicographers have called for generally applicable principles embracing both printed and electronic dictionaries. I propose that scholarly reviews contain information that is useful to their intended audiences and a set of principles that are generally applicable to achieve this goal. I suggest that reviewers may write useful reviews by treating the dictionary as an object of analysis and examination. I further propose that the lexicographic, factual and linguistic approaches should be combined with the three significant features of dictionaries: lexicographic functions, data and structures. Finally, I argue that a review should give a true and fair view of the dictionary, and this will strengthen the role of dictionary reviews in the scholarly discourse community.
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)9789027289018
Publication statusPublished - 2009
SeriesTerminology and Lexicography Research and Practice (TLRP)


  • Dictionary reviewing
  • Lexicography
  • Dictionaries
  • Lexicographical functions
  • Lexicographical data
  • Lexicographical structures
  • True and fair view


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