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Not mere lexicographic cosmetics : the compilation and structural features of Isichazamazwi SezoMculo

dc.contributor.authorMoyo, Nobuhleen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorNkomo, Dionen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-15T15:57:06Z
dc.date.available2011-05-15T15:57:06Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationMoyo, N. & Nkomo, D. 2009. Not mere lexicographic cosmetics : the compilation and structural features of Isichazamazwi SezoMculo. Lexikos, 19:51-70, doi:10.5788/19-1-179.
dc.identifier.issn2224-0039 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1684-4904 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.5788/19-1-179
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/10212
dc.descriptionCITATION: Moyo, N. & Nkomo, D. 2009. Not mere lexicographic cosmetics : the compilation and structural features of Isichazamazwi SezoMculo. Lexikos, 19:51-70, doi:10.5788/19-1-179.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://lexikos.journals.ac.za
dc.description.abstractThis article offers a brief overview of the compilation of the Ndebele music terms dictionary, Isichazamazwi SezoMculo (henceforth the ISM), paying particular attention to its structural features. It emphasises that the reference needs of the users as well as their reference skills should be given a determining role in all lexicographic decisions leading to the publication of a dictionary. Dictionary structure should, therefore, be conceived and evaluated in terms of its data constituents and the accessibility of these data. Accordingly, this article demonstrates that the structure of the ISM is not a case of mere cosmetics but a lexicographic mode of communication between the dictionary compilers and users who are participants in a lexicographic communication process. In this way, the article highlights some of the challenges encountered during the compilation of the ISM and the strategies the compilers employed to facilitate the communication process between the lexicographers and the users regarding dictionary contents and the arrangement thereof. From such a perspective, this article may provide useful insights for LSP lexicography in African languages, prospects of which are based on the increased need for knowledge acquisition and dissemination as well as the multilingual nature of African societies.
dc.description.urihttp://lexikos.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/179
dc.format.extent20 pages
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherBureau of the WAT
dc.subjectLexicographyen_ZA
dc.subjectNdebele language (South Africa) -- Dictionariesen_ZA
dc.titleNot mere lexicographic cosmetics : the compilation and structural features of Isichazamazwi SezoMculoen_ZA
dc.typeArticle
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
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