oa Lexikos - Portals to Knowledge: CD-ROM Encyclopaedias, with Specific Reference to Microsoft Encarta 99 Encyclopedia
|Article Title||Portals to Knowledge: CD-ROM Encyclopaedias, with Specific Reference to Microsoft Encarta 99 Encyclopedia|
|© Publisher:||Bureau of the WAT|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Republic of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 1999|
|Pages||283 - 293|
|Keyword(s)||Acess structure, Active Cross-References, CD-Rom Encyclopaedia, Dictionary acessibility, Encyclopaedia, Guide structure, Mediostructure, Multimedia, Nonlinguistic dictionary, Outer Access structure, Passive cross-reference and User friendliness|
ISI Social Science
The close interaction between linguistics and lexicography over the last few decades has had many good effects, not least of which has been the development of a theoretical framework or meta lexicography. However, this close link has had an unfortunate result: the marginalisation in the theoretical debate of nonlinguistic dictionaries and especially of the encyclopaedia. In this article, semantic, lexicographical and pragmatic motivations will be given for a renewed interest in encyclopaedias. The revolution caused by CD-ROM encyclopaedias and the benefits they hold for a large spectrum of users, will be the most important pragmatic motivations addressed. Microsoft Encarta 99 Encyclopedia will act as a guide for the exploration of the impact this revolution has had on the ideas of user-friendliness and dictionary accessibility. Finally, a future is envisioned in which the Internet will be the logical culmination of the ultimate potential of computers as accessible, user-friendly reference tools.
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