Practical Lexicography: A Reader

ISBN : 9780199292332

Thierry Fontenelle
416 ページ
177 x 253 mm

This book collects and introduces some of the best and most useful work in practical lexicography. It has been designed as a resource for students and scholars of lexicography and lexicology and to be an essential reference for professional lexicographers. It focusses on central issues in the field and covers topics hotly debated in lexicography circles. After a full contextual introduction Thierry Fontenelle divides the book into twelve parts - theoretical perspectives, corpus design, lexicographical evidence, word senses and polysemy, collocations and idioms, definitions, examples, grammar and usage, bilingual lexicography, tools and methods, semantic networks, and how dictionaries are used. The book is fully referenced and indexed. The reader may be used independently for reference or as reading material for a course of study. It is an essential companion for The Oxford Guide to Practical Lexicography by Sue Atkins and Michael Rundell, published by OUP in 2008.


1: Editor's Introduction

Part I Metalexicography, Macrostructure, Microstructure, and the Contribution of Linguistic Theory
2: The Plan of a Dictionary of the English Language, Samuel Johnson (edited by Jack Lynch)
3: Theoretical Lexicography and its Relation to Dictionary-Making, Sue Atkins
4: Principles of Systematic Lexicography, Juri Apresjan

Part II On Corpus Design
5: Representativeness in Corpus Design, Douglas Biber
6: Introduction to the Special Issue on the Web as Corpus, Gregory Grefenstette and Adam Kilgarriff

Part III On Lexicographical Evidence
7: 'Corpus Linguistics' or 'Computer-Aided Armchair Linguistics', Charles J. Fillmore

Part IV On Word Senses and Polysemy
8: Do Word Meanings Exist?, Patrick Hanks
9: I Don't Believe in Word Senses, Adam Kilgarriff
10: Polysemy, Penny Stock

Part V On Collocations, Idioms, and Dictionaries
11: Phraseology, Anthony P. Cowie
12: Using a Bilingual Dictionary to Create Semantic Networks, Thierry Fontenelle

Part VI On Definitions
13: Defining the Indefinable, Dwight Bolinger
14: More Than One Way to Skin A Cat: Why Full-Sentence Definitions Have Not Been Universally Adopted, Michael Rundell

Part VII On Examples
15: Corpus-Based Versus Lexicographer Examples in Comprehension and Production of New Words, Batia Laufer

Part VIII On Grammar and Usage in Dictionaries
16: Recent Trends in English Pedagogical Lexicography, Michael Rundell

Part IX On Bilingual Lexicography
17: Then and Now: Competence and Performance in 35 Years of Lexicography, Sue Atkins
18: Equivalence in Bilingual Dictionaries, Alain Duval

Part X On Tools for Lexicographers
19: Word Association Norms, Mutual Information, and Lexicography, Ken W. Church and Patrick Hanks
20: The Sketch Engine, Adam Kilgarriff, Pavel Rychly, Pavel Smrz, and David Tugwell
21: The Future of Linguistics and Lexicographers: Will There be Lexicographers in the Year 3000?, Gregory Grefenstette

Part XI On Semantic Networks and Wordnets
22: Introduction to WordNet: An On-line Lexical Database, George Miller, Richard Beckwith, Christiane Fellbaum, Derek Goss, and Katherine J. Miller

Part XII On Dictionary Use
23: Monitoring Dictionary Use, Sue Atkins and Krista Varantola



Thierry Fontenelle is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft's Natural Language Group, where he works on the creation of dictionaries for proofing tools and natural language processing. He received his PhD from the University of Liege in 1995. In the 1990s, he collaborated on two bilingual dictionaries published by Cambridge University Press and managed an international project dealing with the extraction of collocations from dictionaries and corpora. His research interests include computational lexicography for natural language processing and proofing tools. He is also Past President of the European Association for Lexicography (EURALEX) and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Lexicography.