Electronic lexicography for lesser-resourced languages: The South African context

D. J. Prinsloo

in Electronic Lexicography

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654864
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745966 | DOI:
Electronic lexicography for lesser-resourced languages: The South African context

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In this chapter, it is argued that, generally speaking, electronic dictionaries have not lived up to expectations in terms of replacing paper dictionaries in imaginative ways as predicted in the early nineties. There is not much evidence of dynamic, intelligent or even adaptive EDs using the wealth of electronic features available in the modern technological age. The focus is on electronic dictionaries for lesser-resourced languages and the Bantu languages of South Africa are taken as a case in point. Electronic features should be used in EDs for all the Bantu languages to solve problems that cannot be solved in paper dictionaries and future EDs should be dynamic, intelligent and adaptive and should especially serve users’ needs for text production. Attention is also given to the status of EDs for Afrikaans and South African (SA) English.

Keywords: lesser-resourced languages; Afrikaans; Bantu languages; dynamic electronic dictionaries; intelligent electronic dictionaries; South Africa

Chapter.  8409 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Lexicography ; Semantics

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