From general dictionaries to terminological glossaries. User expectations vs editorial aims

Page601-610
AuthorVirpi Kalliokuusi, Krista Varantola
TitleFrom general dictionaries to terminological glossaries. User expectations vs editorial aims
AbstractThis paper explores the types of questions for which the users of general dictionaries and terminological glossaries try to find answers when consulting lexical reference sources. We claim that users often attempt to access data that does not fall within the scope of the information that is normally considered to belong to dictionaries or glossaries. We shall first illustrate this problem by means of a real-life example from a general dictionary context, and then we shall project the problem further into a special field context. We shall argue that, if we wish to better address user needs, then it might make sense to adopt a more permissive and less orthodox approach at all levels of dictionary compilation so as to better meet user expectations.
SessionPART 8 - Dictionary Use
Keywordsuser expectations, presentation of knowledge structures, enclyclopedic information and dictionary entries
BibTex
@InProceedings{ELX98_2-037,
author = {Virpi Kalliokuusi, Krista Varantola},
title = {From general dictionaries to terminological glossaries. User expectations vs editorial aims},
pages = {601-610},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 8th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1998},
month = {aug},
date = {4-8},
address = {Liège, Belgium},
editor = {Thierry Fontenelle, Philippe Hiligsmann, Archibald Michiels, André Moulin, Siegfried Theissen},
publisher = {Euralex},
isbn = {2-87233-091-7},
}
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