4.Lsp Lexicography And Typology Of Specialized Dictionaries

  • Sandro Nielsen
  • October 2018, De Gruyter
  • DOI: 10.1515/9783110228014-004

What actually is specialised lexicography?

What is it about?

LSP lexicography covers many different subject fields and is concerned with developing principles and guidelines that help lexicographers design, evaluate, make and use lexicographical tools that fulfil specific types of need of specific types of user in specific types of situation in the real world concerning particular subject fields and their LSP. LSP lexicography is based on lexicographical functions, such as communicative and cognitive functions, and the data that dictionaries contain should be specifically adapted to user needs and competences through user profiling, because user situations arise in the extra-lexicographical environment. Finally, a general typology of specialized dictionaries based on lexicographical functions, dictionary types and user types is suggested.

Why is it important?

This paper discusses the object of LSP lexicography, which is directly related to the objective of LSP lexicography, which is to develop principles and guidelines that help lexicographers design, evaluate, make and use lexicographical tools that fulfil specific types of need of specific types of user in specific types of situation in the real world concerning particular subject fields and their LSP. The paper argues that, when planning, making, examining and describing specialized dictionaries, lexicographers should relate the selection, distribution and presentation of data to the objective of LSP lexicography.

Perspectives

Dr Sandro Nielsen
Aarhus Universitet

I hope this paper will make ersearchers and practitioners think about the interrelationships between the fundamentals and the key components of specialised lexicography so that, in future, better information tools will be available for users of dictionaries as well as better principles for researching and making such tools.

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