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Lexicography for society and with society - COVID-19 and dictionaries

  • Not only professional lexicographers, but also people without a professional background in lexicography, have reacted to the increased need for information on new words or medical and epidemiological terms being used in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this study, corona-related glossaries published on German news websites are presented, as well as different kinds of responses from professional lexicography. They are compared in terms of the amount of encyclopaedic information given and the methods of definition used. In this context, answers to corona-related words from a German questionanswer platform are also presented and analyzed. Overall, these different reactions to a unique challenge shed light on the importance of lexicography for society and vice versa.

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Author:Annette Klosa-KückelhausORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Dictionaries and Society. Proceedings of the XX EURALEX International Congress, 12-16 July 2022, Mannheim, Germany
Place of publication:Mannheim
Editor:Annette Klosa-Kückelhaus, Stefan Engelberg, Christine Möhrs, Petra Storjohann
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2022
Date of Publication (online):2022/07/20
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
Tag:general language dictionaries; glossaries; lay-lexicography; neologism dictionaries; professional lexicography
GND Keyword:COVID-19; Gesellschaft; Glossar; Lexikografie; Neologismus; Wörterbuch
First Page:113
Last Page:128
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik / 400 Sprache
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Program areas:L1: Lexikographie und Sprachdokumentation
Conferences, Workshops:Dictionaries and Society. Proceedings of the XX EURALEX International Congress, 12-16 July 2022, Mannheim, Germany
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-SA - Namensnennung - Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0 International