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Lexicography at a Crossroads

Bergenholtz, Henning / Nielsen, Sandro / Tarp, Sven (eds)

Lexicography at a Crossroads

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias Today, Lexicographical Tools Tomorrow

Series: Linguistic Insights - Volume 90

Year of Publication: 2009

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 372 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03911-799-4 br.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.530 kg, 1.168 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book contains a collection of original research articles on lexicography written by prominent international scholars within the field. It aims at describing the state-of-the-art in lexicography at the beginning of the 21st century and at making proposals for future theoretical and practical work in the field.
Theoretical lexicography currently has two competing theories: a contemplative theory focusing on the description of existing dictionaries on the basis of linguistic principles, and a function-based, transformative theory focusing on the dictionary and the user in order to develop new principles for dictionary research and dictionary making. Research in lexicography has now reached a crossroads and it is time to take stock of the present situation and try to identify the theories and principles that will set the agenda and point the direction for future lexicographic research and the production of printed and electronic dictionaries.


Contents: Henning Bergenholtz/Sandro Nielsen/Sven Tarp: Introduction – Sven Tarp: Beyond Lexicography: New Visions and Challenges in the Information Age – Yukio Tono: Pocket Electronic Dictionaries in Japan: User Perspectives – Serge Verlinde/Jean Binon: Pedagogical Lexicography Revisited – Gerard Meijssen: The Philosophy behind OmegaWiki and the Visions for the Future – Pedro A. Fuertes-Olivera: The Function Theory of Lexicography and Electronic Dictionaries: WIKTIONARY as a Prototype of Collective Free Multiple-Language Internet Dictionary – Joseph Dung: Online Dictionaries in a Web 2.0 Environment – Jón Hilmar Jónsson: Lemmatisation of Multi-word Lexical Units: Motivation and Benefits – Zhang Yihua: A Bilingual Dictionary Generation System Based on the Microstructure of a Lexicographical Database – Philippe Humblé: Dictionaries on the Periphery. The Case of Brazil – Robert Lew: Towards Variable Function-Dependent Sense Ordering in Future Dictionaries – Rufus H. Gouws: Dictionaries as Innovative Tools in a New Perspective on Standardisation – Patrick Leroyer: Lexicography Hits the Road: New Information Tools for Tourists – Raja Saravanan: Structural Format for a Dialect Dictionary Showing Lexical Variation with Special Reference to Microstructure and Macrostructure – Julia Pajzs: On the Possibility of Creating Multifunctional Lexicographical Databases – Birger Andersen/Sandro Nielsen: Ten Key Issues in Lexicography for the Future.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Henning Bergenholtz is Professor of Lexicography at the Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus in Denmark, where he is also the Director of the Centre for Lexicography and Head of Research Group Lexicography. He is the author and co-author of more than 200 papers and books on general and specialised lexicography, for instance the Manual of Specialised Lexicography and more than 30 printed and electronic dictionaries.
Sandro Nielsen is Associate Professor at the Centre for Lexicography at the Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus in Denmark. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications on lexicography. He is the author of The Bilingual LSP Dictionary – Principles and Practice for Legal Language, a printed and an electronic law dictionary, and co-author of six printed and electronic accounting dictionaries, as well as a major contributor to the Manual of Specialised Lexicography.
Sven Tarp is Professor of Lexicography at the Centre for Lexicography at the Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus in Denmark. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications on lexicography. He is the author of Lexicography in the borderland between knowledge and non-knowledge: General lexicographical theory with particular focus on learner’s lexicography and co-author of several printed dictionaries as well as co-editor of the Manual of Specialised Lexicography.


Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 90
Edited by Maurizio Gotti