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A Handbook of Lexicography : The Theory and Practice of Dictionary-making - Bo Svensen

A Handbook of Lexicography

The Theory and Practice of Dictionary-making


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This book provides a systematic survey of the theory and methods of dictionary-making (including the linguistic background): what types of dictionary there are, how different kinds of information are dealt with when compiling dictionaries, how this information is presented to users, and how dictionaries are actually used. It refers throughout to both monolingual and bilingual dictionaries, giving a full account of the writing of definitions as well as of the selection and presentation of equivalents. The treatment of other types of information provided in dictionaries - such as pronunciation, inflection, constructions, collocations and idioms - is described systematically in individual chapters. The book also discusses dictionary structure, illustrations, the collection and selection of material, the management of dictionary projects, law and ethics in lexicographic work, and dictionary criticism. As well as looking at print lexicography, the author discusses the role of the Web, electronic corpora, electronic dictionaries, and compilation software used in dictionary-making. This is an important and practical guide to contemporary lexicography, designed for lexicographers, language students and teachers, translators and academics.

'... this is an excellent and truly international survey of the current state of lexicography.' Reinhard Hartmann

Types of dictionaries
Data collection and data selection
The dictionary as text
The lemma
Spelling and word division
Part-of-speech membership
Idioms and other fixed word combinations
Meaning description in monolingual dictionaries
Equivalents in bilingual dictionaries
Encyclopedic information
Cross-reference structure
Dictionary projects
Legal and ethical aspects
The electronic dictionary
Dictionary use
Dictionary criticism
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ISBN: 9780521881807
ISBN-10: 0521881803
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 552
Published: 1st August 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 18.42  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.23