Spring 2018 Courses

LING 750G Lexicography (CRN 83182)

Mondays 3:00-5:30 pm
Moore 228

Everyone has lexical data; it is often among the first types of data collected when working on a language. But how to organize, structure, and present those data? How to ensure completeness? What counts as a lexical entry? How to create accurate definitions in a bilingual or monolingual dictionary? These and other burning questions will be address in this hands-on course in the art of making dictionaries. Topics will include theoretical issues of meaning; how to conduct lexical field work; orthography design; how to use lexical database tools; dictionary audience; and issues of dictionary presentation, including mobile apps and online dictionaries.

Students are encouraged (though not required) to bring their own lexical data. All students will create a working dictionary as part of this course.