Word Formation versus Etymology in Electronic Dictionaries

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AuthorPius ten Hacken, Dorota Smyk
TitleWord Formation versus Etymology in Electronic Dictionaries
AbstractThe problem of distinguishing word formation relationships in the lexicon from etymological relationships arises because of the interaction of different processes for the extension of the lexicon, in particular word formation and borrowing. In an electronic dictionary in which word formation is taken as the organizing principle for the description ofthe lexicon, the distinction between word formation and etymology is ofcentral importance. A procedure is described which aims to achieve intersubjective and cross-linguistic consistency in decisions about this borderline. This procedure is primarily based on synchronic relationships. When borrowed items can be related by morphological processes in the borrowing language, however, this analysis is preferred. It has been applied successfully in the development of Word Manager dictionaries for English and Italian.
SessionComputational Lexicography and Lexicology
author = {Pius ten Hacken, Dorota Smyk},
title = {Word Formation versus Etymology in Electronic Dictionaries},
pages = {221-230},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 10th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2002},
month = {aug},
date = {13-17},
address = {KĂžbenhavn, Denmark},
editor = {Anna Braasch and Claus Povlsen},
publisher = {Center for Sprogteknologi},
isbn = {87-90708-09-1},