Aspects of microstructural diversity and inconsistency in dictionaries [Aspekte van mikrostrukturele verskeidenheid en inkonsekwentheid in woordeboeke]
In any dictionary it is important that the microstructural presentation should be systematic and consistent. Motivated deviations from the default structure should be explained to the user. This article looks at different types of microstructural models developed within the field of metalexicography, focusing on the integrated and non-integrated microstructure. Proposals are made for changes to the non-integrated microstructure in order to enhance the quality of information transfer. With the aid of examples from a number of Afrikaans dictionaries the varied and inconsistent nature of the microstructural presentation is indicated. Disadvantages of a mixed primitive microstructure are discussed, with special reference to the implications for the addressing structure. In this regard different procedures of remote addressing receive attention. The resulting textual condensation and problems users experience with the co-ordination of cotext entries and paraphrases of meaning are emphasised. Suggestions are made for a microstructure which gives a better reflection of the demands of a user-driven lexicographic process.