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The electronic lexicographical treatment of sign languages: The Danish Sign Language Dictionary

Jette H. Kristoffersen and Thomas Troelsgård

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/9780199654864.003.0014
The electronic lexicographical treatment of sign languages: The Danish Sign Language Dictionary

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Sign languages use visual modality and they have no written representation that is commonly used among native signers for everyday writing and reading. These facts cause particular problems for the sign language lexicographer. This chapter describes some of the essential differences between dictionaries of sign language and dictionaries of spoken/written language, and the chapter describes how sign language lexicography has gained from exploiting the potential of the electronic medium. Furthermore, it shows how we have tried to accommodate the needs of different categories of users by implementing some innovative features in the Danish Sign Language Dictionary. Finally, the chapter looks at some of the future challenges and perspectives in electronic sign language lexicography.

Keywords: sign language; sign language dictionaries; video; hyperlinks; search options; Danish

Chapter.  7500 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Lexicography ; Semantics

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