oa Lexikos - The Macquarie dictionary, its history and its editorial practices
|Article Title||The Macquarie dictionary, its history and its editorial practices|
|© Publisher:||Bureau of the WAT|
|Affiliations||1 Emeritus Professor, Macquarie University, and formerly Editor-in-Chief, Macquarie Dictionary. & Publisher, Macquarie Dictionary, Sydney, Australia|
|Publication Date||Jan 1999|
|Pages||152 - 171|
|Keyword(s)||Aboriginal words, Australian English, Australian-ness, Australianise, Dictionary, Electronic database, International phonetic alphabet, Language style, Lexical labels, Lexicographic style, Lexicography, Macquarie dictionary, National dictionaries and phonology|
ISI Social Science
The Macquarie Dictionary, first published in Sydney in 1981, was intended to be the first comprehensive dictionary of Australian English. Now in its third edition it has been widely adopted by institutions and the general community as the national dictionary. This paper traces its development from a difficult birth to its present maturity, from a large set of cards to an electronic database, from a single book to a lexicographic library. The rationale and the methodology are laid out along with an account of the reception given to the dictionary in Australia and internationally.
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