Metalexicography: an existential crisis

By September 7, 2022,
Page 196-206
Author Gilles-Maurice de Schryver
Title Metalexicography: an existential crisis
Abstract While there was arguably a need for multi-authored, multi­volume, metalexicographic hand­ books three decades ago – when the field of metalexicography was still ‘young’ – it is a bit puzzling to make sense of the current output­-flurry in this field. Is it simply a matter of ‘every publisher trying to fill its shelves’? or is there really a need in the scientific community for more and (continuously) updated reference works? And once available, are such works also consulted? Which parts? By whom? How often? For what purposes? In this paper we look at an ongoing, real­-world metalexicographic handbook project to answer these questions.
Session Talk
Keywords Metalexicography, major reference work, publishing model, download vs. citation patterns
address = {Mannheim},
title = {Metalexicography: {An} {Existential} {Crisis}},
isbn = {978-3-937241-87-6},
shorttitle = {Euralex (2022)},
url = {},
language = {eng},
booktitle = {Dictionaries and {Society}. {Proceedings} of the {XX} {EURALEX} {International} {Congress}},
publisher = {IDS-Verlag},
author = {de Schryver, Gilles-Maurice},
editor = {Klosa-Kückelhaus, Annette and Engelberg, Stefan and Möhrs, Christine and Storjohann, Petra},
year = {2022},
pages = {196--206},