oa Lexikos - Die aard en aanbieding van die leksikografiese definisie

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-4904
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0039



The Nature and Presentation of the Lexicographical Definition. The lexicographical definition is still the most important entry in a dictionary article. It is important that this significant entry, like other dictionary enbies, should rely on the dynamics of real language. To achieve this, it is necessary that the lexicographer must base his definitions on citations from the spoken and written Ianguage. This important aspect of lexicograph y is touched on. I also take a look at different ways that the lexicographer can use to compile definitions. The best known methods probably are genus and differentiae definitions, synonym definitions, circle definitions and descriptionptive definitions. Various criteria can be applied to test the lexicographical definition. I limit myseU to comprehensiveness, clarity, accuracy, consistency, autonomy, objectivity and neutrality, which I believe to be the most important criteria.

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