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Current Approaches to the Lexicon

A Selection of Papers- Presented at the 18th LAUD Symposium, Duisburg, March 1993


René Dirven and Johan Vanparys

Of the many possible inroads to the study of the lexicon, this volume peruses six current approaches: (1) It discusses the theoretical, especially cognitive foundations of the structure of the lexicon. (2) It inquires into the mental representation of the lexicon and into its psycholinguistic reality. (3) It offers a number of descriptive analyses of lexical fields and problems. (4) It brings up various issues raised by a competational approach to the lexicon. (5) It confronts lexicological approaches with lexicographical ones and discusses didactic issues involved with the latter. (6) It presents pedagogical approaches to the lexicon, especially those based on the use of the computer or other aids for the acquisition of the foreign language lexicon.
Contents: The lexicon in six essential aspects: its theoretical, cognitive foundation; its mental reality; its categorising function in lexical items; its computational storage and retrieval; its lexicological vs. lexicographic aspects; its computer-assisted acquisition in foreign language learning.