A metalexicographic investigation into a set of complex Modern Greek verbs: comparing dictionary entries with corpus evidence

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Page339-349
AuthorMarianna N. Christou
TitleA metalexicographic investigation into a set of complex Modern Greek verbs: comparing dictionary entries with corpus evidence
AbstractThis paper aims to make a contribution to the field of Modern Greek lexicography, and in particular to the theory of dictionary research. For this reason, it sets out to explore how corpus evidence can shed light on dictionary definitions, senses and examples. To illustrate this, it combines descriptive and empirical approaches to the investigation of the lemmata that have prepositional prefixes and derive from the verb BAλλΟ ([válo], = "to fire"; "to attack") thus belonging to the same word family. The study draws upon principles of mainstream lexicography to explore the theoretical premises on which two recent Greek dictionaries are based. For the purposes ofcomprehensive data analysis both qualitative and quantitative methods are employed. As this analysis reveals, taking frequencies into consideration would have a profound effect on the existing sense ordering in the dictionary entries. Moreover, it emerges from the results that the entries may be enriched through close scrutiny ofthe Hellenic National Corpus evidence, which furnishes additional meanings and uses not included in the dictionaries. The outcome of the present paper is of practical use for lexicographers, researchers and linguists concerned with the description and in-depth analysis ofthe Modern Greek language.
SessionReports on Lexicographical and Lexicological Projects
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@InProceedings{ELX04-036,
author = {Marianna N. Christou},
title = {A metalexicographic investigation into a set of complex Modern Greek verbs: comparing dictionary entries with corpus evidence },
pages = {339-349},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 11th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2004},
month = {july},
date = {6-10},
address = {Lorient, France},
editor = {Geoffrey Williams and Sandra Vessier},
publisher = {Université de Bretagne-Sud, Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines},
isbn = {29-52245-70-3},
}
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