Dictionary tradition vs. Pictorial corpora: Which vocabulary thematic fields should be illustrated?

  • Monika Biesaga
Keywords: Multimodality, General Lexicography, Monolingual Diction-Aries, Pictorial Illustration, Thematic Fields, Ideography, Connotation, Denotation, Onomasiology, Multimodal Lexicography

Abstract

The latest research conducted by De Jong (2014) indicated that only a few  European academic dictionaries, among over one hundred and fifty, use pictorial  illustrations. On the other hand, it has been mentioned several times in the  literature (related to both printed and electronic reference works) that visual content makes a general dictionary more attractive for the user. There-fore a new  methodology, enhancing graphical strategy in lexicography, would be proposed.  Firstly, a thematic division of meanings will be applied to the authentic multimodal explanations taken from two general dictionaries (verbal definition and graphical  facility). As a result, commonly illustrated thematic fields will be shown along with  the ones used by lexicographers in a restrained way, as well as the fields left without illustrations for some reasons. The exemplary meanings from these latest, "orphan" groups will be confronted with the query results from the authentic multi-modal  corpora. Such a procedure will give us some more detailed information about the obstacles connected with illustrating this particular set of senses (for example  multimodal denotation and connotation problems).

Keywords: Multimodality, General Lexicography, Monolingual Diction-Aries, Pictorial Illustration, Thematic Fields, Ideography, Connotation, Denotation, Onomasiology, Multimodal Lexicography

 

 

Published
2017-11-13
Section
Articles

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