The road to automated lexicography: An editor’s viewpoint

Michael Rundell

in Electronic Lexicography

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654864
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745966 | DOI:
The road to automated lexicography: An editor’s viewpoint

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This chapter looks at ways in which the dictionary-making business has been revolutionized by developments in technology. These changes are examined from the point of view of the project manager and chief editor, rather than of the working lexicographer. The editor’s job has always been about maximizing available resources to produce the best possible language description. This remains the objective, but the nature of the task has changed profoundly. Editors need to be aware of the possibilities offered by technology (in terms of streamlining production and improving quality), and of the opportunities offered by the transition from printed book (an object of finite size, updated every few years) to a dynamic web-based resource of potentially infinite size. This challenges many of the traditional practices of lexicography, as even aspects of the job which did not seem amenable to automation are beginning to be supported by technology. Editors need to be ready to adapt to these new realities.

Keywords: digital media; automation; tickbox lexicography; project management; quality control; proforma entry; DANTE database; sketch grammars; dictionary writing system; DWS

Chapter.  7028 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Lexicography ; Semantics

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