Lexicographic Macrostructures

  • Sandro Nielsen
  • HERMES - Journal of Language and Communication in Business, July 2015, Aarhus University Library
  • DOI: 10.7146/hjlcb.v3i4.21422

Dictionaries contain chapters like ordinary books

What is it about?

This paper explains how dictionaries can be seen as books divided into several independent chapters that contain different types of data. The description also explains how these chapters can be arranged and written so that they contain interrelated data and that dictionaries are more than mere lists of words and their explanations.

Why is it important?

This paper emphasizes that dictionaries are complex information tools that contain interrelated text parts that together make up the entire information tool. This is in contrast to the traditional view that dictionaries are mere wordlists.


Dr Sandro Nielsen
Aarhus Universitet

Lexicographic structures are not merely about the arrangement of entry words, but some structures apply to the dictionary as a whole. One distinction is between simple and complex macrostructures. On the basis of empirical evidence, suggestions are made in respect of the degree of complexity of lexicographic macrostructures and the interrelationship between or among the macrostructural components.

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