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Sylviane Granger and Magali Paquot

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654864

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654864.001.0001

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Introduction: Electronic lexicography—from challenge to opportunity

Introduction: Electronic lexicography—from challenge to opportunity

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Electronic lexicography—from challenge to opportunity
Electronic Lexicography

Sylviane Granger

Oxford University Press

This chapter contains a general introduction to the field of electronic lexicography and gives an overview of the contents of the volume. The first section introduces the different dimensions of the field of electronic lexicography, reviews the main typologies of electronic dictionaries and identifies the main focus of the volume as human-oriented electronic dictionaries rather than computer-oriented natural language processing lexicons. The second section describes the main innovations afforded by the electronic medium and their implications for all actors involved: publishing houses, editors, lexicographers and users. These innovations include: multiplicity of access routes, customisation in function of users’ needs, hybridisation with other resources (thesauri, writing aid tools), integration of corpus data, enhanced treatment of multi-word units and collaborative dictionaries. The last section presents the structure of the volume, gives a brief summary of each chapter and shows the interaction between the different perspectives, thereby enhancing the coherence of the volume.

Keywords:   corpus, dictionary writing system, phraseology, collaborative lexicography, customisation, data access, hybridisation, online dictionaries, handheld dictionaries, user needs

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