Defining Political Terms in Lexicography: Recent Past and Present

By November 17, 2016,
AuthorAndrejs Veisbergs
TitleDefining Political Terms in Lexicography: Recent Past and Present
AbstractThe paper views treatment of definitions of political terms in monolingual English, Russian and Latvian desktop (including learners') dictionaries over the last 50 years. The author examines the practice of totalitarian lexicography as well as the main ways of dealing with political terms in general dictionaries. Such a study is, first, important to understand the relations between the language and language attitudes and ideology in order to see how terms and notions are represented and misrepresented in dictionaries. Secondly it can suggest ways of a fairer definition as most dictionaries are developing products and inaccuracies in dictionary entries can be changed and corrected in later editions. The study attests to a great variety in the selection of political terms to be included, a great variety of treatment of theses terms and a great inconsistency in lemmas. Lack of systematicity is especially striking as regards genus proximus for fairly hyponymic terms - practice, doctrine, theory, views, belief, policy, system, etc.
SessionDifferent Lexicographical and Lexicological Topics
author = {Andrejs Veisbergs},
title = {Defining Political Terms in Lexicography: Recent Past and Present },
pages = {657-667},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 10th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2002},
month = {aug},
date = {13-17},
address = {KĂžbenhavn, Denmark},
editor = {Anna Braasch and Claus Povlsen},
publisher = {Center for Sprogteknologi},
isbn = {87-90708-09-1},