How can we make electronic dictionaries more effective?

Robert Lew

in Electronic Lexicography

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654864
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745966 | DOI:
How can we make electronic dictionaries more effective?

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This chapter examines some of the ways in which electronic dictionaries of today can be further improved so as to serve human users better. The focus is on two major areas: effective access to lexicographic data and novel types of data. In terms of access, the chapter considers how electronic dictionaries can help in situations when users are unsure about the spelling of the word they want to look up. Two further issues discussed are efficient entry navigation and access to multi-word expressions. The second part of the chapter discusses the degree to which the use of multimedia can benefit electronic dictionaries. This includes audio (recorded or synthesized), static pictorials, as well as animations and videos. Preliminary research indicates that not all of the above may be equally useful for dictionary users.

Keywords: access; type-ahead search; multi-word units; audio; animation; video; spelling; entry navigation; multimedia

Chapter.  7465 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Lexicography ; Semantics

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