The impact of criticism on the compilation of the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal (WAT) [Die impak van kritiek op die samestelling van die Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal (WAT)]

Botha W. (2004)


The WAT's sensitivity to criticism is evident from the fact that none of the main points of criticism against the first eight volumes is repeated in the criticism of volumes IX and X. Encyclopedic treatment of lexical items, complexity or incomprehensibility of meaning descriptions, ill-judged use of citations, slow alphabetic progress and the absence of full pronunciation guidance therefore do not feature in the criticism on volumes IX and X. The article gives an overview of the main points of criticism against the ninth and tenth volumes and discusses the way in which the WAT reacted to the criticism in subsequent volumes. In instances where valid critique was disregarded, or where the critique was not accompanied by practical solutions, adaptations are suggested. In this way, the interaction between lexicographic theory and practice becomes a dynamic process.

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