oa Lexikos - Lexicographer, linguist and dictionary user: an uneasy triangle?
|Article Title||Lexicographer, linguist and dictionary user: an uneasy triangle?|
|© Publisher:||Bureau of the WAT|
|Affiliations||1 Bureau of the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal, Stellenbosch, South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 1994|
|Pages||204 - 214|
|Keyword(s)||Lexicographer, Linguist, User and User-friendly|
ISI Social Science
Lexicographer, dictionary user and linguist constitute three important role players in any lexicographical activity. In this presentation they are depicted as three sides or angles of a triangle. Unlike a real rnathernatical triangle where the three sides always rneet, lexicographer, linguist and user are often at loggerheads. Reasons for this phenornenon are ventured and I try to establish whether the lexicographer can reconcile the progressive and epherneral outlook of linguists with the often conservative needs of users. Ways to reduce the tension between lexicographer, linguist and user are also discussed.
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