Lexicographic Profiling: an Aid to Consistency in Dictionary Entry Design

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Page1097-1107
AuthorSue Atkins, Valerie Grundy
TitleLexicographic Profiling: an Aid to Consistency in Dictionary Entry Design
AbstractThe first phase of any new dictionary project includes the detailed design of the dictionary entries. This involves writing sample entries. Deciding which lemmas to write entries for tends to be random, for lack of theory-based criteria for selection. This paper describes a database of the lexicographic properties of English lemmas, reflecting the work of theorists such as Apresjan, Cruse, Fillmore, Lakoff, Levin and Meľčuk. It was used successfully in the selection process during the planning phase of a major new English bilingual dictionary, ensuring that all major policy decisions on entry structure were made early in the project, and resulting in a DTD well able to cope with 50,000 entries and a Style Guide already comprehensive at the start of the main project. The method described here ("lexicographic profiling") is applicable to any language, although of course the actual properties of lemmas are to some extent language specific.
Session11. LEXICOLOGICAL ISSUES OF LEXICOGRAPHICAL RELEVANCE
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@InProceedings{ELX06-133,
author = {Sue Atkins, Valerie Grundy},
title = {Lexicographic Profiling: an Aid to Consistency in Dictionary Entry Design },
pages = {1097-1107},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 12th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2006},
month = {sep},
date = {6-9},
address = {Torino, Italy},
editor = {Elisa Corino, Carla Marello, Cristina Onesti},
publisher = {Edizioni dell'Orso},
isbn = {88-7694-918-6},
}
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