Lexical Change in Times of Upheaval and War – And the Dictionary

By November 23, 2016,
Page 767-776
Author Donna M. T. Cr. Farina
Title Lexical Change in Times of Upheaval and War – And the Dictionary
Abstract We consider how to address lexicographically words, expressions, and usages that are for the most part quite recent in the Russian language – when their newness may mean that known dictionaries or lexicographic corpora do not cover them fully. We refer to “usages” because the prevailing linguistic situation in the Russian language is rife not only with new words, but also with new word combinations, new connotations, new meanings, broadened or extended meanings as well as other linguistic phenomena. Our focus is the examination of a variety of real contexts for these neologisms, with comment on the lexicographic strengths and weaknesses of each context. The essential lexicographic questions are: What are the characteristics of any successful lexicographic context? When a usage is new and existing corpora may not reflect it, how should lexicographers evaluate and use other types of contexts in their work? How should connotation, given its propensity to change quickly, be treated in lexicographic definition and in illustrative examples, whether in online or in print dictionaries?
Session Lexicological Issues of Lexicographical Relevance
Keywords connotation; denotation; explanation of meaning
author={Donna M. T. Cr. Farina},
title={Lexical Change in Times of Upheaval and War – And the Dictionary},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 17th EURALEX International Congress},
address={Tbilisi, Georgia},
editor={Tinatin Margalitadze, George Meladze},
publisher={Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi University Press},