Dictionary User Typology: The Slovenian Case

By November 23, 2016,
Page 179-187
Author Špela Arhar Holdt, Iztok Kosem, Polona Gantar
Title Dictionary User Typology: The Slovenian Case
Abstract Understanding the preferences, needs and habits of dictionary users is an important prerequisite for the compilation of a dictionary. When researching these topics, an appropriate balance has to be struck between over-generalising or over-individualising user profiles. Following this goal, the paper presents a typology of dictionary users, developed as part of the conceptualization of the Dictionary of Contemporary Slovene Language (a general monolingual dictionary of the Slovene language). The typology consists of two levels. On the first one, the situations of dictionary use are divided into the ones arising from: (i) the process of (formal) education; (ii) professional context; and (iii) spare time activities. On the second level, a number of user groups for each of these situations are formed, based on their specific language needs that have been identified. The presented typology will enable quality user studies and consequently improve the status of dictionary use research in Slovenian lexicography. Internationally, the typology can be integrated into the existing methodology of dictionary user research to facilitate more representative sampling of user groups, and to provide a better understanding of the obtained results.
Session Research On Dictionary Use
Keywords dictionary user research; user typology; Dictionary of Contemporary Slovene Language
author={Špela Arhar Holdt, Iztok Kosem, Polona Gantar},
title={Dictionary User Typology: The Slovenian Case},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 17th EURALEX International Congress},
address={Tbilisi, Georgia},
editor={Tinatin Margalitadze, George Meladze},
publisher={Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi University Press},