What is a dictionary?

Bergenholtz, Henning (2012)

CITATION: Bergenholtz, H. 2012. What is a dictionary? Lexikos, 22:20-30, doi:10.5788/22-1-995.

The original publication is available at http://lexikos.journals.ac.za


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.

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