Cross-Referencing as a Lexicographic Device

  • R.H. Gouws Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • D.J. Prinsloo Department of African Languages, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Keywords: cross-referencing, mediostructure, lexicography, dictionary, metalexicography, reference entry, reference relation, reference address, african languages


The mediostructure, that is the system of cross-referencing, is a lexicographic device that can be used to establish relations among different components of a dictionary. This paper focuses on different mediostructural strategies and their practical application in general synchronic dictionaries. The structure of dictionaries is discussed from a metalexicographic perspective in order to explain the system of cross-referencing. It is shown how textual cohesion, achieved by the interaction of the various structural components, is promoted by the use of a system of cross-referencing and improved by an innovative approach towards a mediostructure-orientated lexicography. 
How to Cite
Gouws, R., & Prinsloo, D. (2012). Cross-Referencing as a Lexicographic Device. Lexikos, 8(1).
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