A diachronic study of dictionary structures and consultability

AuthorTerence Russon Wooldridge
TitleA diachronic study of dictionary structures and consultability
AbstractThe CopuLex Project involves a study of the evolution of the dictionary as a reference work from the point of view of its systems of data retrieval, with particular attention being given to the microstructure, which over the centuries has evolved far more than the macrostructure. The codifying of informatlon within entries has been gradual, moving from the discursive and unpredictable towards the recursive, typographically rich and conventionally concise discourse which we know today. My study takes into account two perspectives: that of intention (the lexicographer's prefatory material), and that of effect, the consultability of the dictionary text from the user's point of view. This paper addresses particularly the question of explicit structuring (and thence machine readability) and interpretation (textual ambiguity and the user's threefold competence: linguistic, dlctlonaric, pragmatic).
SessionPART 6 - Historical and Scholarly Dictionaries, and other Lexicographical Topics
author = {Terence Russon Wooldridge},
title = {A diachronic study of dictionary structures and consultability},
pages = {615-620},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 5th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1992},
month = {aug},
date = {4-9},
address = {Tampere, Finland},
editor = {Hannu Tommola & Krista Varantola,Tarja Salmi-Tolonen & Jurgen Schopp},
publisher = {Tampereen YIiopisto},
isbn = {951-44-3111-1},