Pius ten Hacken In this article I will discuss various aspects of the relationship of word formation to dictionaries. Although the focus here is on electronic dictionaries, the discussion will also touch on certain types of dictionaries for human use, especially learner's dictionaries. I propose that an approach diverging significantly from the traditional treatment of word formation in dictionaries has decisive advantages for the development and use of electronic dictionaries, and that some of these advantages carry over to the treatment of word formation in learner's dictionaries. In section 1 the problem is explained. Section 2 is devoted to a review of some approaches that are modeled on the traditional division of labor between dictionaries and grammars. In section 3 the approach incorporated in Word Manager is presented, which has a number of advantages compared to the approaches discussed in section 2. Section 4 outlines a way of using these advantages in learner's dictionaries. Section 5 summarizes the conclusions. 1. Introduction One of the most common ways for the vocabulary of a language to be extended is by the creation of new words by word-formation rules. Word formation is traditionally divided into derivation, e.g., forming regularize from regular,
Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America – Dictionary Society of North America
Published: Apr 4, 1998
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