What is a Dictionary?

Henning Bergenholtz

Abstract


By comparing different definitions in dictionaries and in theoretical papers we know that lexicographers have very different opinions on the topic: "What is a dictionary?" We see too that lexicographic tools with the same type of content sometimes are called dictionary, sometimes encyclopedia, sometimes lexicon. In reality it is not a large problem if the information in a certain tool is of a high quality as to the intended function. Nevertheless I will give not one but two additional definitions of two different types of information tools. There will also be a discussion on the relevance for the concept of dictionary in connection with the research registration in universities.



Keywords


dictionary; lexicon; encyclopaedia; lexicography; information tool; lexicographic tool; research registration; lexicographic database; monofuntional dictionary; polyfunctional dictionary

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5788/22-1-995

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