oa Lexikos - The use of examples in polyfunctional dictionaries

Volume 10, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1684-4904
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0039



Dictionary compilation for the African languages in South Africa stands on the eve of the African Renaissance and prospective compilers of dictionaries for African languages are in need of a sound perspective and guidelines in respect of the compilation and choice of examples. The aim of this article is to analyse and evaluate some current approaches towards the handling of examples of usage as a data category in modem dictionaries and to suggest ways in which this information category can be improved by compiling, selecting and shaping examples to render optimal transfer of infonnation and to enhance information retrieval. The emphasis will be on example phrases and sentences given in the dictionary article.

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