The Yin and Yang of Dictionary Making: Slovenian Lexicographers Reflect

Alenka Vrbinc, Donna M.T.Cr. Farina, Marjeta Vrbinc


This contribution presents the second and final report on a study that set out to gain a greater understanding of what general modern Slovenian lexicography is. The full study focused on the philosophy, accomplishments, daily practice, and dictionary projects of seven prominent members of the Slovenian lexicographic community, all of whom were interviewed at length. An open-ended interview script allowed study participants to both reflect on their practice and portray their vision of what lexicography or terminography is. Part 1 (Vrbinc, Farina and Vrbinc 2018a; 2018b) reported on whether the lexicographers saw their work as drudgery and what they saw as the nature of their role in the society. Here, in Part 2, the emphasis is on the day-to-day concerns of the participating Slovenian lexicographers. They discuss both the technological and the human resources that drive their work. This second report also includes a brief survey of the historical development of Slovenian lexicography as the necessary backdrop for the interpretation of the modern situation.


interview; lexicographer; lexicographic philosophy; lexicographic principles; lexicographic theory; lexicographic practice; Slovenian lexicography; human resources; technological resources; crowd-sourcing

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