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Woordeboekdidaktiek in ’n omvattende woordeboekkultuur

Rufus Gouws
Literator | Vol 39, No 2 | a1485 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v39i2.1485 | © 2018 Rufus Gouws | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 February 2018 | Published: 31 July 2018

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Rufus Gouws, Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


Dictionary didactics within a comprehensive dictionary culture. This article argues that the curricula of language and linguistics departments should include a component on lexicography. It is indicated that within a comprehensive dictionary culture, users need to be familiar with a variety of dictionary types and need to be able to execute a successful retrieval of information from the data on offer in dictionaries. A comprehensive dictionary culture has both general language and specialised dictionaries in its scope. Users need to be made aware of these dictionary types. Lexicographic training can be directed at three groups, namely dictionary users (who need to become familiar with dictionary using skills), future lexicographers (who need to master those aspects of meta-lexicography needed for the compilation of dictionaries) and future trainers of lexicography (who need a sound theoretical basis). The contents of a tertiary course in lexicography could commence with a broad context of the development of both the lexicographic practice and the theory of lexicography. A second focus could be on the contents, the different lexicographic tools, as well as the medium – printed or online format. Proposals are made for issues that could be discussed, regarding the treatment of meaning in monolingual and translation equivalents in bilingual dictionaries.


dictionary culture; dictionary didactics; dictionary functions; equivalent relations; explanation of meaning; user perspective


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