Typology of information tools based on information needs and user types

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The focus of this article is dictionary typology and the purpose of developing dictionary typologies. Our main argument is that each new dictionary concept should be conceptualised based on a typology developed specifically for that purpose, i.e., that the primary use of a dictionary typology should be the development of new lexicographical tools. A typology can also be used to describe existing lexicographical tools from a specific viewpoint, but this should not be the point of departure for developing a typology. The first section discusses the distinction between classification and typology. In the following section, we present and discuss some of the dictionary typologies and approaches to developing dictionary typologies suggested over time. In the third section, we suggest a typology of information needs as the point of departure for a typology of lexicographical tools. The fourth and final section firstly presents a discussion of the concept of lexicographical tool, and secondly, it presents an example of a function-based typology developed in order to be applied in the production of six planned lexicographical tools. This function-based typology is a two-step typology structured around a combination of users’ information needs and user types.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-121
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2018

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