Designing a Measurement Instrument for the Relative Length of Alphabetical Stretches in Dictionaries, with special reference to Afrikaans and English

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Page483-494
AuthorD.J. Prinsloo, Gilles-Maurice de Schryver
TitleDesigning a Measurement Instrument for the Relative Length of Alphabetical Stretches in Dictionaries, with special reference to Afrikaans and English
AbstractIn this paper it is argued that the lexicographer, in planning the macrostructure of his/her dictionary, should calculate me breakdown into alphabetical stretches in terms of overall length and the number of lemma signs to be treated. This should be done by using the suggested breakdown oftypes in a corpus as well as the average breakdown in a number of other dictionaries as an instrument of measurement and prediction. This will prevent situations where the lexicographer 'gets tired' towards the end or where a specific category is enthusiastically over-treated resulting in imbalances with regard to the other alphabetical categories. The development of the measurement and prediction instrument is illustrated for Afrikaans and English lexicography.
SessionThe Dictionary-making Process
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@InProceedings{ELX02-052,
author = {D.J. Prinsloo, Gilles-Maurice de Schryver},
title = {Designing a Measurement Instrument for the Relative Length of Alphabetical Stretches in Dictionaries, with special reference to Afrikaans and English },
pages = {483-494},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 10th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2002},
month = {aug},
date = {13-17},
address = {København, Denmark},
editor = {Anna Braasch and Claus Povlsen},
publisher = {Center for Sprogteknologi},
isbn = {87-90708-09-1},
}
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