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n Lexikos - Cuban school dictionaries for first-language learners : a shared experience

Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-4904
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Abstract

One of the reasons why many publishing houses hesitate when allocating resources to the development of more advanced concepts of school dictionaries for first-language learners is the relatively poor sales and corresponding profits coming from this category of dictionaries. A major challenge is therefore how to change the situation, stimulate the use and sales of school dictionaries, and guarantee the necessary investment in product development. This contribution will take up this challenge. It will give no final answer, but it will discuss an experience with a Cuban school dictionary which has reached its target users in large numbers. The contribution will particularly look at the multi-faceted relation between lexicographers and users which characterises the Cuban dictionary project. The objective is not to copy this or any other experience but to inspire lexicographers looking for alternative solutions to a problem which is affecting both school children and lexicographers in many countries and language communities.


Een van die redes waarom baie uitgewerye huiwer wanneer middele toegewys word aan die ontwikkeling van meer gevorderde konsepte van skoolwoordeboeke vir eerstetaalleerders, is die relatiewe swak verkope en ooreenstemmende profyte wat van hierdie kategorie woordeboeke afkomstig is. 'n Belangrike uitdaging is dus hoe om die situasie te verander, die gebruik en verkope van skoolwoordeboeke te stimuleer en die nodige belegging in produkontwikkeling te waarborg. Hierdie bydrae sal dié uitdaging aanvaar. Dit sal geen finale antwoord gee nie, maar dit sal 'n ervaring met 'n Kubaanse skoolwoordeboek bespreek wat sy teikengebruikers in groot getalle bereik het. Die bydrae sal veral kyk na die veelfasettige verhouding tussen leksikograwe en gebruikers wat die Kubaanse woordeboekprojek kenmerk. Die doel is nie om hierdie of enige ander ervaring na te boots nie, maar om leksikograwe te inspireer wat vir alternatiewe oplossings van die probleem soek wat sowel skoolkinders as leksikograwe in baie lande en taalgemeenskappe raak.

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2016-12-10

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