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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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Electronic lexicography for lesser-resourced languages: The South African context

Electronic lexicography for lesser-resourced languages: The South African context

(p.119) 7 Electronic lexicography for lesser-resourced languages: The South African context
Electronic Lexicography

D. J. Prinsloo

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, it is argued that, generally speaking, electronic dictionaries have not lived up to expectations in terms of replacing paper dictionaries in imaginative ways as predicted in the early nineties. There is not much evidence of dynamic, intelligent or even adaptive EDs using the wealth of electronic features available in the modern technological age. The focus is on electronic dictionaries for lesser-resourced languages and the Bantu languages of South Africa are taken as a case in point. Electronic features should be used in EDs for all the Bantu languages to solve problems that cannot be solved in paper dictionaries and future EDs should be dynamic, intelligent and adaptive and should especially serve users’ needs for text production. Attention is also given to the status of EDs for Afrikaans and South African (SA) English.

Keywords:   lesser-resourced languages, Afrikaans, Bantu languages, dynamic electronic dictionaries, intelligent electronic dictionaries, South Africa

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