The concept of a bilingual dictionary

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The term bilingual dictionary is widely used, not only by librarians and dictionary users en general but also by professional lexicographers dedicated to the theory and practice of dictionary making. For this reason it should be expected that there were a common and well-established definition of the concept of a bilingual dictionary. It is evident that most people has an intuitive idea of what is meant by «bilingual dictionary». But science-based lexicographic theory - at least if it wants to be considered as such - must go beyond intuition and furnish precise definitions of the concepts used in the framework of this theory. Surprisingly, this is not the case. Although the theoretical literature provides a number of definitions given by various lexicographers, these definitions vary a lot and are often inconsistent and in contradiction with other definitions given by the same authors. In the following chapters, various definitions will be discussed and related to dictionary practice and, subsequently, the very concept of a bilingual dictionary will be examined in the light of a dictionary typology based upon the modern theory of lexicographic functions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSchreiben, Verstehen, Übersetzen und Lernen : Zu ein- und zweisprachigen Wörterbüchern mit Deutsch
EditorsIrmhild Barz, Henning Bergenholtz, Jarmo Korhonen
Number of pages15
Place of publicationFrankfurt a.M
PublisherPeter Lang
Publication date2005
ISBN (Print)3631545320
Publication statusPublished - 2005
SeriesFinnische Beiträge zur Germanistik


  • Lexicography
  • Bilingual lexicography


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