In this course, students are introduced to the field of lexicography with a focus on computational and corpus linguistic aspects in lexicography. Lexicography is concerned with the theory and practice of composing dictionaries.
The course discusses various computational tools lexicographers use whilst making a dictionary. In technologically advanced dictionary-making, lexicographers work with two main systems on their computer: the Corpus Query System for analysis and the Dictionary Writing System for synthesis. Both systems will be covered in this course.
This course also teaches students about theoretical and practical issues involved in compiling complex data sets for lexicographic purposes. Students will learn about corpus design and annotation, computational lexicons, semantic networks, etc. They will learn how to manipulate text using regular expressions and get a basic background in databases for lexicography.
We will illustrate the theory with practical activities such as compiling a corpus and preparing it for lexicographic use as well as using a dictionary writing system and a corpus query system.
By the end of the programme, students will have acquired knowledge on the following notions and subjects:
Dictionary Writing Sytems
- History of corpus linguistics
- Corpus design Size, sampling, text type, genre, XML/TEI encoding, metadata
- Corpus analysis and annotation POS-tagging, tokenisation, lemmatisation, parsing, frequency lists
- Corpus Query Systems Concordance, collocations, word sketches
- Knowledge representation
- Regular expressions
- Simple Perl scripts
- Database structure for lexicography
- WordNet, FrameNet, semagram, ontology, taxonomy, hierarchy
- Semantic relations
- Log files
The timetable will be available by June 1st at the website of Research Master in Linguistics
Mode of instruction
Lectures and tutorials/practical sessions.
A blackboard site will be made available. Blackboard
Atkins and Rundell (2008) The Oxford Guide to Practical Lexicography. Oxford University Press. 540 pages. ISBN 978-0-19-927770-4 (Hardback). Price: £ 85.00 (Paperback £ 29.99).
The reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course
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