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Introduction: Electronic lexicography—from challenge to opportunity

Sylviane Granger

in Electronic Lexicography

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654864
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654864.003.0001
Introduction: Electronic lexicography—from challenge to opportunity

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This chapter contains a general introduction to the field of electronic lexicography and gives an overview of the contents of the volume. The first section introduces the different dimensions of the field of electronic lexicography, reviews the main typologies of electronic dictionaries and identifies the main focus of the volume as human-oriented electronic dictionaries rather than computer-oriented natural language processing lexicons. The second section describes the main innovations afforded by the electronic medium and their implications for all actors involved: publishing houses, editors, lexicographers and users. These innovations include: multiplicity of access routes, customisation in function of users’ needs, hybridisation with other resources (thesauri, writing aid tools), integration of corpus data, enhanced treatment of multi-word units and collaborative dictionaries. The last section presents the structure of the volume, gives a brief summary of each chapter and shows the interaction between the different perspectives, thereby enhancing the coherence of the volume.

Keywords: corpus; dictionary writing system; phraseology; collaborative lexicography; customisation; data access; hybridisation; online dictionaries; handheld dictionaries; user needs

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Subjects: Lexicography ; Semantics

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