n Lexikos - Objectivity, prescription, harmlessness, and drudgery : reflections of lexicographers in Slovenia

Volume 28 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1684-4904
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0039



This contribution reports on a study that set out to paint as complete a picture as possible of the context and content of modern Slovenian lexicography. We aimed to discern the philosophical underpinnings, the most noteworthy accomplishments, and the main projects of Slovenian dictionary work as presented by our seven subjects, who are all prominent members of the lexicographic community. We sought specialists who work on synchronic topics and concentrate more on the standard language and terminology rather than on dialectal variation and other lexicographic topics that are of more interest to scholars than to educated lay persons. The interview script consisted of thirteen narrative questions, designed to allow the interviewees to reflect in as much depth as possible on their daily practice as well as on their underlying vision of what lexicography or terminography is. This article discusses the development and influences of Slovenian lexicographic theory and presents part 1 of the results of this study: the views of the practicing lexicographers on whether they perceive their lexicographic work as drudgery and what they see as the essential nature of their role in society — how the dictionary maker can be a force for good and avoid any potential for harm.

Objektiwiteit, voorskriftelikheid, onskadelikheid en sleur-werk: Beskouings van leksikograwe in Slowenië.

In hierdie bydrae word verslag gedoen oor 'n studie waarin gepoog is om so 'n volledig moontlike beskrywing te gee van die konteks en inhoud van die moderne Sloweense leksikografie. Ons het probeer om die filosofiese boustene, die noemenswaardigste prestasies, en die belangrikse Sloweense woordeboekprojekte soos voorgehou deur ons sewe respondente, wat almal prominente lede van die leksikografiese gemeenskap is, weer te gee. Ons het vakkundiges gekies wat aan sinchroniese onderwerpe werk en meer op die standaardtaal en -terminologie konsentreer as op dialektiese variasie en ander leksikografiese onderwerpe, wat van meer belang is vir die vakkundige as vir die opgevoede leek. Die onderhoud het bestaan uit dertien narratiewe vrae, wat ontwerp is om die respondente toe te laat om so volledig moontlik weer te gee wat hul daaglikse praktyke is sowel as wat hul onderliggende visie van die leksikografie en terminografie is. Hierdie artikel bespreek die ontwikkeling en invloede van Sloweense leksikografiese teorie en gee deel 1 van die resultate van hierdie studie weer: die beskouings van die praktiserende leksikograwe oor of hulle hul leksikografiese werk as sleurwerk ervaar en wat hulle as die wesensaard van hul rol in die gemeenskap beskou — hoe die woordeboekmaker 'n goeie mag kan wees en enige potensiële skade kan vermy.

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