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Corpus tools for lexicographers

Adam Kilgarriff and Iztok Kosem

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/9780199654864.003.0003
Corpus tools for lexicographers

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The chapter reviews the functionality of corpus tools used for lexicographic purposes. After a brief history, it discusses how the corpora have to be prepared for some of the features to work. An overview of leading tools and their basic features is presented, followed by a more detailed description of the features that are targeted mainly at lexicographers. Particular attention is paid to the features of the Sketch Engine, currently the leading corpus tool for lexicographers. User-friendliness of corpus tools is also addressed, as this topic has become more relevant as corpus tools have become more complex. The chapter concludes with a discussion on how corpus tools of the future might be designed.

Keywords: corpus; corpus tool; corpus software; lexicographer; sketch engine; concordance; word sketch; tickbox lexicography; collocation; dictionary writing system

Chapter.  8086 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Lexicography ; Semantics

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