What is a Lexicographical Database?

Henning Bergenholtz, Jesper Skovgård Nielsen

Abstract


Fifty years ago, no lexicographer used a database in the work process. Today, almost all dictionary projects incorporate databases. In our opinion, the optimal lexicographical database should be planned in cooperation between a lexicographer and a database specialist in each specific lexi­cographical project. Such cooperation will reach the highest level of success if the lexicographer has at least a basic knowledge of the topic presented in this paper: What is a database? This type of knowledge is also needed when the lexicographer describes an ongoing or a finished project. In this article, we provide the description of this type of cooperation, using the most important theo­retical terms relevant in the planning of a database. It will be made clear that a lexicographical data­base is like any other database. The only difference is that an optimal lexicographical database is constructed to fulfil the requirements for a specific lexicographical project.


Keywords


database, record, database management, designing a data­base, user interface, lexicographical database, database system, data­base structure, database schema

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5788/23-1-1205

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