What is a lexicographical database?

Bergenholtz, Henning ; Nielsen, Jesper Skovgard (2013)

CITATION: Bergenholtz, H. & Nielsen, J. S. 2013. What is a lexicographical database? Lexikos, 23:77-87, doi:10.5788/23-1-1205.

The original publication is available at http://lexikos.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1205


Fifty years ago, no lexicographer used a database in the work process. Today, almost all dictionary projects incorporate databases. In our opinion, the optimal lexicographical database should be planned in cooperation between a lexicographer and a database specialist in each specific lexicographical project. Such cooperation will reach the highest level of success if the lexicographer has at least a basic knowledge of the topic presented in this paper: What is a database? This type of knowledge is also needed when the lexicographer describes an ongoing or a finished project. In this article, we provide the description of this type of cooperation, using the most important theoretical terms relevant in the planning of a database. It will be made clear that a lexicographical database is like any other database. The only difference is that an optimal lexicographical database is constructed to fulfil the requirements for a specific lexicographical project.

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