oa Lexikos - Lexicographer, linguist and dictionary user: an uneasy triangle?

Volume 4, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1684-4904
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0039



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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