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On the Paradigm Shifts in the Defining Practice of English Lexicographers: A Perspective of the Compiler’s View of Language
Pages: 95-100
Year: Issue:  5
Journal: Foreign Languages in China

Keyword:  English dictionariesdefining paradigmscompiler’s view of languageuser perspectivecompiler perspective;
Abstract: Dictionary compilers interpret rather than describe a language. In the process of defining headwords, the compiler’s view of the language is in fact, though not very explicitly, illustrated. An investigation into the defining paradigm of a dictionary can help understand the compiler’s view of language and further examine his motivations in introducing certain lexicographical design features. The present authors, adopting a diachronic perspective, attempt to justify the role of compilers when deciding on the design features of a dictionary. And three representative English general-purpose dictionaries are chosen for an indepth analysis. Hopefully, some clarification is offered for lexicographers or metalexicographers as to why in the current context of user perspective, the compiler perspective is still of continuing importance, both theoretically and practically.
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