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Title: Dictionary users in the digital revolution
Authors: Lew, Robert
De Schryver, Gilles-Maurice
Keywords: electronic dictionary
digital dictionary
online dictionary
Issue Date: 30-Aug-2014
Citation: Lew, Robert and Gilles-Maurice de Schryver. 2014. ‘Dictionary Users in the Digital Revolution.’ International Journal of Lexicography 27.4: 341–359.
Abstract: This contribution examines the digital revolution in lexicography from the perspective of the dictionary user. We begin with an observation that in the information age the status of the dictionary is changing, and so are patterns of user behaviour, with general internet search engines encroaching on the grounds traditionally reserved for lexicographic queries. Clearly, we need to know more about user behaviour in the digital environment, and for this we need to harness user research, to find out how the increasingly flexible and adaptive lexical reference tools of the future need to behave to best accommodate user needs. We summarize the existing findings and show in what ways digital dictionaries are already able to serve users better than their paper predecessors. The challenge to produce efficient and effective dictionaries is best seen in the context of dictionary users’ reference skills, which now tend to overlap with digital literacy. We conclude with a possible vision of the future.
DOI: 10.1093/ijl/ecu011
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