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A Handbook of Lexicography
The Theory and Practice of Dictionary-Making

  • Date Published: August 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521881807


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  • This book provides a systematic survey of the theory and methods of dictionary-making: 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 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.

    • Refers throughout to both monolingual and bilingual dictionaries
    • Includes several hundred examples showing presentation formats for different types of information
    • Includes end-of-chapter notes on further reading and an extensive bibliography
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    '… this is an excellent and truly international survey of the current state of lexicography.' Reinhard Hartmann

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521881807
    • length: 552 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 179 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.21kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Lexicography
    2. Types of dictionaries
    3. Data collection and data selection
    4. The dictionary as text
    5. The lemma
    6. Spelling and word division
    7. Pronunciation
    8. Morphology
    9. Part-of-speech membership
    10. Constructions
    11. Collocations
    12. Idioms and other fixed word combinations
    13. Meaning description in monolingual dictionaries
    14. Equivalents in bilingual dictionaries
    15. Examples
    16. Encyclopedic information
    17. Illustrations
    18. Marking
    19. Etymology
    20. Microstructure
    21. Macrostructure
    22. Megastructure
    23. Cross-reference structure
    24. Dictionary projects
    25. Legal and ethical aspects
    26. The electronic dictionary
    27. Dictionary use
    28. Dictionary criticism.

  • Author

    Bo Svensén
    Bo Svensén is a lexicographer, terminologist and philologist. He studied Latin, Greek and French at Stockholm University and has worked as an editor for various academic publishers.

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