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Special Issues

The latest special issues of the International Journal of Lexicography include: 

Phraseology and Dictionaries


September 2015; Vol 28, Issue 3
Guest edited by Dmitrij Dobrovol’skij

About this issue:

Phraseology is at present one of the most actively evolving disciplines. Present-day linguistics is devoting more and more attention to irregular phenomena in the structure of language. Many words combine with others according not to productive rules of syntax and semantic combinability, but in conformity with certain difficult to predict principles that often merely amount to preferences of usage. Consequently, more and more word groups of very different types fall within the scope of the dictionary. For this reason, current tendencies in the development of phraseology are significant from the perspective of lexicography.

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Dictionaries and the Digital Revolution: A Focus on Users and Lexical Databases

December 2014; Vol 27, Number 4
Guest edited by Monique C. Cormier and Marie-Claude L’Homme

About this issue:

Digital lexicography has changed dictionaries and lexicography in a profound way and we will probably witness many more changes in the coming years. There are many different ways to consider the impact of digital formats and computerized tools on dictionaries and lexicography: automating the dictionary compilation process, defining new data presentation formats, the digital dictionary as a user-oriented undertaking, the impact of easy and free access to dictionary data, etc. Perhaps the most striking feature of the recent literature on e-lexicography is that authors have stopped anticipating what could happen in e-lexicography; rather, they are addressing challenges and issues they are currently facing and describe a plethora of solutions adapted to the digital media. The articles in this special issue of the International Journal of Lexicography explore two main areas: users of digital dictionaries, and the relationships between e-lexicography and lexical databases.

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Synonymy and Sameness of Meaning 


September 2013; Vol 26, Number 3
Guest edited by Fredric Dolezal

About this issue:

Synonymy is not necessarily a term of art, but an ordinary English word that finds its way into the linguistic and lexicographical literature (and then back again?). For this reason we added ‘sameness of meaning’ to our general approach. People generally recognize the phenomenon, and dictionary makers exploit the user’s understanding of synonymy to create explication, and lexicographic definition. The essays presented here, written by a combination of metalexicographers and practicing lexicographers, investigate dictionaries (bilingual and monolingual) and corpora of written and spoken language as the basis for case studies of lexicographic synonymy. This selection of the many possible methods and principles that would be of interest to lexicographic practice is offered as an impetus to question and investigate the issue of synonymy (lexical; phraseological; and lexicographic), semantic identity and value, sameness of meaning, and equivalence in the context of constructing definitions that indicate a generality of lexical meaning which are sound in methodology and useful for personal consultation.

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IJL's Silver Jubilee: Key Issues, Key Scholars, and their Impact on Lexicography

December 2012; Vol 25, Number 4
Guest edited by Gilles-Maurice de Schryver

About this issue: 


This volume celebrates the first 25 years of the International Journal of Lexicography. It consists of three distinct parts. In the first we learn from each of the editors (R. Ilson, T. Cowie and P. Bogaards) how they look back on their period at the helm of IJL. The second part revolves around three key topics - corpora, semantic networks and metalexicography. Three expert authors (P. Hanks, T. Fontenelle and R. Gouws) not only reflect on but also map the future directions in those fields for our discipline. In the third and final section the guest editor 'interacts' with each of these invited contributions, using two lexicographic corpora: on the one hand the full text of twenty-five years of IJL, on the other a much larger lexicographic reference corpus with a time-depth of fifty years. The key issues, key scholars, and their impact on lexicography emerge.

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Studies in Dictionary Use: Recent Developments

March 2011; Vol 24, Number 1 
Guest edited by Robert Lew

About this issue:
The studies as a collection reaffirm the importance of efforts to further develop empirical study into dictionary use. As experimental design, methods and techniques get more sophisticated, what we are getting in return is greater, finer, and ever more useful detail. The studies included here show over and over again that expert opinion, intuition, or purely deductive reasoning cannot replace solid empirical evidence from user studies: dictionary use is just too complex an affair to be that predictable.

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Perspectives on Seventeeth- and Eighteenth- Century European Lexicography 


June 2010; Volume 23, Number 2
Guest edited by Monique C. Cormier

About the issue:
The contributors to this special issue have harked back to a crucial period in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when five European lexicographers, likely with mixed enthusiasm and apprehension, decided to compile dictionaries. The five influential dictionaries and the five new perspectives evoke the issues underlying the lexicographers’ convictions and mirror the social and linguistic changes of the era.

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The Legacy of John Sinclair 

September 2008; Volume 21, Number 3
Guest edited by Patrick Hanks

About this issue:
John Sinclair was the most radical thinker on the lexicon of the 20th century. His insights into the nature of collocations and discourse structure have inspired new ways of analysing meaning. He was never afraid to face up to awkward questions such as the vague and probabilistic nature of meaning and of evidence of word use. His insistence on close, detailed analysis of evidence played a major role in the development of the emerging discipline of corpus linguistics, now universally recognised as a cornerstone of modern lexicography. In this memorial issue, some of his leading former colleagues and admirers from Asia, Africa, and America as well as Britain and Europe, present a broad spectrum of papers inspired by the Sinclairian approach ranging from practical dictionary making to new developments in linguistic theory.

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Previous special issues of the journal include:

Planning Bilingual Dictionaries, the 'Dutch' Approach
Volume 20, Number 3

Corpus-based Studies of German Idioms and Light Verbs
Volume 19, Number 4

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