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n Lexikos - Multimodal definition : the multiplication of meaning in electronic dictionaries

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-4904
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Abstract

With the popularity of electronic dictionaries, multimodality plays an increasingly important role in lexicography. To broaden the horizons of e-dictionary definitions, this article argues for the establishment of a new term, multimodal definition, as a key component of multimodal lexicography. This term integrates verbal definitions and the complementary multimodal resources from a holistic viewpoint of meaning. In a multimodal definition, a dynamic meaning ecology can be formed, with two critical variables functioning, (semiotic) mode selection and intermodal synergy. In this ecology, meaning expressed verbally can be multiplied in four dimensions: content, form, space and time. Future directions for research are discussed, including dictionary user studies and multimodal corpora. The findings of this article shed light on the construction of a theoretical model for e-lexicography which remains an urgent task in the ongoing digital revolution.


Met die oplewing in elektroniese woordeboeke speel multi-modaliteit 'n toenemend belangrike rol in leksikografie. Om die bestek van e-woordeboekdefinisies te vergroot, word daar in hierdie artikel geargumenteer ten gunste van die vestiging van 'n nuwe term, multimodale definisie, as 'n sleutelkomponent van die multimodale leksikografie. Hierdie term word vanuit 'n holistiese betekenisoogpunt gewy aan die integrering van verbale definisies en die komplementêre multimodale bronne. In 'n multimodale definisie kan 'n dinamiese betekenis-ekologie geskep word waar twee kritiese veranderlikes funksioneer, (semiotiese) modusseleksie en intermodale sinergie. In hierdie ekologie kan betekenis wat verbaal uitgedruk word, in vier dimensies verveelvoudig word: inhoud, vorm, ruimte en tyd. Toekomstige navorsingsrigtings, insluitende woordeboekgebruikerstudies en multimodale korpora, word bespreek. Die bevindings van hierdie artikel werp lig op die samestelling van 'n teoretiese model vir e-leksikografie wat 'n dringende taak in die voortgesette digitale revolusie bly.

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2015-01-01
2016-12-10

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