A Practical Guide to Lexicography (Terminology and by Piet van Sterkenburg

By Piet van Sterkenburg

This can be a cutting-edge consultant to the attention-grabbing international of the lexicon and its description in a variety of kinds of dictionaries.
A workforce of specialists brings jointly a pretty good advent to Lexicography and leads you thru decision-making approaches step by step to collect and layout dictionaries for common and particular reasons. The domain names of lexicography are defined and its particular terminology is defined within the thesaurus. every one bankruptcy presents considerable feedback for extra analyzing. obviously, digital dictionaries, corpus research, and database administration are relevant topics during the book.
The booklet additionally "introduces" questions about the numerous forms of definition, which means, feel relatives, and stylistics. and that's no longer all: these afraid to embark on a dictionary event will discover all in regards to the pitfalls within the chapters on Design.
A functional advisor to Lexicography introduces and seduces you to benefit in regards to the achievements, unforeseen chances, and demanding situations of modern day lexicography.

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E. the alphabetical section or ‘dictionary proper’ in a general translation or descriptive dictionary, has to be regarded as the text containing the most typical lexicographic treatment. e. g. all the articles starting with A, B, C, . . Z respectively. The central list is only one of the texts in a dictionary and each article constitutes a partial text of the central list, but each article can also be regarded as a text in its own right, cf. Wiegand (1989a: 425). Each article contains at least a lemma sign entry, functioning as the guiding element of the article.

If he is not satisfied, he may go back to the beginning of the model or to any step in the model where he thinks he has made a wrong choice. In this model, the dictionary is presented as a tool that is handled by the user in order to find a solution to what has presented itself to him as a lexical problem. This means that the model may be less well adapted for describing the use of large historic dictionaries where other types of searches may be executed. It goes without saying that not all steps contained in the model are taken consciously by the user.

Elaborating on these ideas, Bogaards (1993) proposed the following model of dictionary use (see Figure 1). This model charts the consultation process starting from the moment when a language problem is encountered. The first step, then, is to determine the nature of that problem: is it conceptual, syntactic, lexical, or are other types of linguistic knowledge implied? It is only after having developed an idea of the type of problem at hand that one can answer the next question: is it worthwhile to open a dictionary in order to find a solution to the problem?

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