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What makes a good online dictionary? Empirical insights from an interdisciplinary research project

  • This paper presents empirical fmdings from two online surveys on the use of online dictionaries, in which more than 1,000 participants took part. The aim of these studies was to clarify general questions of online dictionary use (e.g. which electronic devices are used for online dictionaries or different types of usage situations) and to identify different demands regarding the use of online dictionaries. We will present some important results ofthis ongoing research project by focusing on the latter. Our analyses show that neither knowledge of the participants’ (scientific or academic) background, nor the language Version of the online survey (German vs. English) allow any significant conclusions to be drawn about the participant’s individual user demands. Subgroup analyses only reveal noteworthy differences when the groups are clustered statistically. Taken together, our fmdings shed light on the general lexicographical request both for the development of a user-adaptive interface and the incorporation of multimedia elements to make online dictionaries more user-friendly and innovative.

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Author:Carolin Müller-SpitzerORCiDGND, Alexander KoplenigORCiDGND, Antje Töpel
Parent Title (English):Electronic lexicography in the 21st century: New applications for new users. Proceedings of eLex 2011, Bled, Slowenien, 10.-12. November 2011
Publisher:Trojina, Institute for Applied Slovene StudiesTrojina, Institute for Applied Slovene Studies
Place of publication:Ljubljana
Editor:Iztok Kosem, Karmen Kosem
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2011
Date of Publication (online):2015/07/27
Tag:0nline dictionary; Dictionary use; Empirical research
GND Keyword:Benutzer; Online-Wörterbuch
First Page:203
Last Page:208
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 410 Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt