Pilot project: A Dictionary of the Dutch Dialects

By November 17, 2016,
AuthorJacques Van Keymeulen, Veronique De Tier
TitlePilot project: A Dictionary of the Dutch Dialects
AbstractThe lexicon of the traditional dialects in the Dutch language area is disappearing at a rapid pace. Three major regional dialect dictionaries, the Dictionary of the Brabantic dialects (WBD), the Dictionary for the Limburgian Dialects (WLD) and the Dictionary for the Flemish Dialects (WVD) inventory the vocabulary of the southern Dutch dialects. They are thematically arranged following the lexicographic idea's of A. Weijnen, which also are at the basis of still other dictionaries for some eastern dialect groups in the Netherlands. Because of their onomasiological arrangement, however, the dictionaries of Weijnen's school cannot render detailed semantic information. Therefore, professional lexicography has to call in the help of 'amateur' lexicography, i.e. the huge amount of alphabetical regional and local dialect dictionaries, made by non-professional lexicographers.
In this paper a pilot project is presented, which aims at the creation of a lexicographical database for the alphabetical amateur lexicography, including both the old alphabetical tradition of the end of the 19th / beginning of the 20th century and the new tradition, rooted in the so-called dialect renaissance of the 70s and afterwards. It is defended that such a database - if enriched with the dutchifications of the dialect headwords - will prove to be an indispensable tool for lexicological research with regard to the history of the Dutch lexicon.
SessionReports on Lexicographical and Lexicological Projects
author = {Jacques Van Keymeulen, Veronique De Tier},
title = {Pilot project: A Dictionary of the Dutch Dialects},
pages = {754-763},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 14th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2010},
month = {jul},
date = {6-10},
address = {Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, The Netherlands},
editor = {Anne Dykstra and Tanneke Schoonheim},
publisher = {Fryske Akademy},
isbn = {978-90-6273-850-3},