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n Lexikos - A perspective on the lexicographic value of mega newspaper corpora - the case of Afrikaans in South Africa

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to assess the potential use of a mega newspaper corpus, the Media24 archive, in the absence of large balanced and representative corpora, for the compilation of major general dictionaries for Afrikaans. Firstly, an evaluation of Media24 against the lemmalists of both a major single-volume and a multi-volume monolingual dictionary for Afrikaans is undertaken to determine to what extent Media24 correlates with the lemmalists of major dictionaries. Secondly, the strength/suitability of Media24 for lemma selection in categories other than newspapers is evaluated. Finally, it is determined what the contribution could be of Media24 to lexical sense distinction, selection of examples of usage, and typical collocations.


Die doel van hierdie artikel is om die bruikbaarheid van 'n megakoerantkorpus, die Media24-argief, te bepaal in die afwesigheid van groot, gebalanseerde en verteenwoordigende korpusse vir die samestelling van omvattende algemene woordeboeke vir Afrikaans. Eerstens word 'n evaluering van Media24 gedoen deur dit met die lemmalyste van 'n groot omvattende enkelvolume-, en 'n multivolumewoordeboek van Afrikaans te vergelyk, ten einde te bepaal tot watter mate Media24 met die lemmalyste van groot woordeboeke korreleer. Tweedens word die gewig/toepaslikheid van Media24 vir lemmaseleksie uit kategorieë wat koerante uitsluit, geëvalueer. Ten slotte word bepaal wat die bydrae van Media24 kan wees tot leksikale betekenisonderskeiding, keuse van gebruiksvoorbeelde en tipiese kollokasies.

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2009-01-01
2016-12-04
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