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Modern lexicography

The Electronic Age has opened new perspectives to lexicography. With the boom of corpus linguistics and the rapid development of NLP/language engineering methods, lexicographers can take on tasks more diverse and challenging than ever before.

The number and size of corpora grow, and that is accompanied by the increase in the sophistication level of corpus tools, which results in better morphological recognition and disambiguation as well as better annotation formats and methods. Methods for establishing the reference basis for specialised dictionaries get more refined and the annotation layer goes beyond the classic morphosyntactic tagging: one can often choose between syntactic, semantic and discourse annotations, and each of them may become the subject of the lexicographer's interest. The querying component of corpus tool suites is faster and allows for finer distinctions and groupings, all of which reduces the tediousness and increases the comfort of the lexicographer's job, making it easier for them to concentrate on the scientific or methodological (rather than technical) aspects of their work.

Lexicography shouldn't be understood as the art of explaining words by words alone. Aspects of lexicography include e.g. composing dictionaries of lexical frames, syntactic contexts or pronunciation patterns. The creation of some of them in a serious shape has become possible only now.

Abstracts are solicited on everything pertaining to the modern methods, tools, challenges, domains and results of mono-, bi- and multilingual lexicography, with stress on the linguistic side of the enterprise: the way in which the linguistic structure of whatever kind is fleshed out so that it can be captured and described by the lexicographer as well as the ways in which it can be presented to the end-user, whether a learner, a translator, a scholar, or an average intellectual interested in his/her language.

Abstracts should be sent to the PLM Organising Committee ( in accordance with the submission instructions.

Contact information: pkbanski at uw dot edu dot pl

Session organisers:

Piotr Bański (University of Warsaw)

Beata Wójtowicz (University of Warsaw)