Who can Really be Called a Lexicographer?

Rufus H. Gouws


Lexicographers define words but still lack a clear and unambiguous understanding of the word lexicographer. This paper gives a brief discussion of the problems experienced in trying to determine exactly what a lexicographer is. The distinction between theoretical and practical lexicographers is quite clear but within both these categories there are grey areas where it is not so clear whether a specific participant in lexicographic activities qualifies to be called a lexicographer. The lack of formal professional lexicographic qualifications impedes an unambiguous understanding of the word. The emergence of lexicography as an independent discipline compels lexicographers to take a closer look at criteria relevant to identifying someone as being a lexicographer.


emlex; lexicographer; lexicographic practice; lexicographic process; lexicographic research; lexicographic training; metalexicographer; practical lexicographer; primary lexicographer; secondary lexicographer; theoretical lexicographer

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5788/22-1-1004


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