Pictorial Illustration in Dictionaries The State of Theoretical Art

By November 23, 2016,
Page 99-108
Author Monika Biesaga
Title Pictorial Illustration in Dictionaries The State of Theoretical Art
Abstract The aim of this paper is to introduce the theory of pictorial illustration in lexicography. This kind of summary could be useful both for lexicographers with previous experience in incorporating visual materials as well as scientists who would like to add this kind of content to their projects. Concerning the list of arguments to be presented, firstly, a difference between encyclopedias and dictionaries, crucial for including pictorial illustration, will be shown. Secondly, I will characterize the results of recent user studies related to this subject. The third part of the text is a report on verbal and visual mode in lexicography (typology of facilities, significance of color, problem of caption, mutual relation between the two modes). Then I will indicate which groups of meanings and which parts of speech are or should be illustrated. Subsequently, characteristics of different illustrating strategies will be presented. Finally, I will formulate some general rules concerning pictorial illustration in dictionaries, related to the typology of dictionaries. In conclusion some propositions of further research will be pointed out.
Session The Dictionary-Making Process
Keywords pictorial illustration; multimodal lexicography; multimedia in lexicography; theory of lexicography
author={Monika Biesaga},
title={Pictorial Illustration in Dictionaries The State of Theoretical Art},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 17th EURALEX International Congress},
address={Tbilisi, Georgia},
editor={Tinatin Margalitadze, George Meladze},
publisher={Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi University Press},