What Is This Thing Called Learner's Lexicography?

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Learner lexicography as a research area has attracted increased attention during the past decades, but what is actually the true nature of learner lexicography? This question calls for a complex answer. Learner lexicography has as its objective to develop principles that help practitioners to produce lexicographic tools that fulfil the needs of specific types of users in specific types of situations in the real world. Furthermore, lexicography has to be measured on the basis of the methods used to achieve the objective. The dictionary should be analysed in terms of three significant features, namely its functions, data and structures, as this strengthens the basis of learner lexicography because it leads to a proper study and understanding of the competences and needs of learners. Finally, the modern theory of dictionary functions encourages theoretical and practical lexicographers to adopt a new way of thinking when planning and compiling learner's dictionaries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearner's Lexicography and Second Language Teaching : Proceedings of First International Symposium on Lexicography and L2 Teaching and Learning
EditorsYihua Zhang
Number of pages20
Place of publicationShanghai
PublisherShanghai Foreign Language Education Press
Publication date2010
ISBN (Print)978-7-54446-2030-7
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Lexicography
  • Learner's lexicography
  • Dictionaries
  • User needs
  • Dictionary functions
  • Lexicographical data


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