Online dictionary use: Key findings from an empirical research project

Carolin Müller-Spitzer, Alexander Koplenig and Antje Töpel

in Electronic Lexicography

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654864
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745966 | DOI:
Online dictionary use: Key findings from an empirical research project

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This chapter summarizes some key findings of a research project on the use of online dictionaries, using established methods of empirical social research. The aim of this project is to clarify general questions on using online dictionaries, and to identify different demands regarding the use of online dictionaries. By focussing on the results of two extensive online surveys conducted in 2010 with more than 1,000 participants, four different aspects of practical relevance for electronic lexicography are presented: (1) which electronic devices are used for online dictionaries; (2) which way of presenting word entries is best suited; (3) how users rate different characteristics of online dictionaries; (4) how users form evaluative judgements about innovative features of online dictionaries such as multimedia elements or user-adaptive access. Our findings shed light on the general lexicographical request both for the development of a user-adaptive interface and for the exploitation of the benefits of the online medium in order to make online dictionaries more user-friendly and innovative.

Keywords: dictionary use; empirical research; online dictionary; user-adaptive interface; survey

Chapter.  10617 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Lexicography ; Semantics

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