The metalexicographical contribution of pedro a. fuertes-olivera and ascensión arribas-baño's pedagogical specialised lexicography: a critical review

  • D Nkomo


This article attempts to give a critical review of Pedro A. Fuertes-Olivera and Ascen-sión Arribas-Baño's Pedagogical Specialised Lexicography. It evaluates the book in view of the avail-able metalexicographical literature as well as current trends in practical LSP lexicography in the wake of rapid technological and information developments. The article appreciates both the meth-odological and theoretical frameworks within which the book identifies, investigates and addresses lexicographical problems. The approaches make the book an important academic contribution with critical insights for metalexicographers, especially in the area of dictionary criticism. The theoretical insights provided in the book further possess the potential to accomplish exactly what metalexico-graphy ought to accomplish, i.e. to facilitate the production of user-friendly dictionaries which meet both the reference needs and reference skills of the targeted users. A few concerns are, how-ever, raised mainly regarding the technical aspects of the book. While these may have a negative impact on the reader, they are not severe enough to discredit the rigour with which the book was conceived. Keywords: metalexicography, pedagogical specialised lexicography, monolingual lsp dictionary, bilingual lsp dictionary, meaning repre-sentation, dictionary structures, definitions, equivalence, examples, dictionary criticism

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