Text Boxes as Lexicographic Device in LSP Dictionaries

By November 17, 2016,
Page 697-705
Author E. Taljard, D.J. Prinsloo, R.H. Gouws
Title Text Boxes as Lexicographic Device in LSP Dictionaries
Abstract It is the duty of the lexicographer to maximally utilise all lexicographic devices at his/her disposal in the compilation of a dictionary. In modern-day dictionaries lexicographers often rely on lexicographic text boxes as a means to present lexicographic data, especially where stronger emphasis or additional data regarding a specific entry is needed. It could be argued that the use of text boxes as a lexicographic device is underutilised in general dictionaries and even more so in LSP dictionaries. They should however not be used in a haphazard way but rather according to a well-devised system. Looking at existing dictionaries one often realises that a random use of text boxes has a detrimental influence on successful data retrieval. Text boxes should be used for data that need to be presented in a position of salience. The aim of this paper is first to give an overview of the current status of the use of text boxes in LSP dictionaries; secondly, to offer some suggestions as to the effective use of text boxes in these dictionaries by drawing on an analysis of the current use of text boxes in LGP dictionaries.
Session Lexicography for Specialised Languages, Technology and Terminography
Keywords Text boxes; LSP dictionaries; LGP dictionaries
author={E. Taljard and D.J. Prinsloo and R.H. Gouws},
title={Text Boxes as Lexicographic Device in LSP Dictionaries},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 16th EURALEX International Congress},
address={Bolzano, Italy},
editor={Abel, Andrea and Vettori, Chiara and Ralli, Natascia},
publisher={EURAC research},