Mobile Lexicography: Let’s Do it Right This Time!

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    Mobile phones are ubiquitous and have completely transformed the way we live, work, learn and conduct our everyday activities. Mobile phones have also changed the way users access lexicographic data. In fact, it can be argued that mobile phones and lexicography are not yet compatible. Modern users are already mobile – but lexicography is not yet fully ready for the mobile challenge, mobile users and mobile user situations. The article is based on empirical data from two surveys comprising 10 medical doctors, who were asked to look up five medical substances with the medical dictionary app and five students, who were asked to look up five terms with the dictionary app Gyldendal Engelsk-Dansk. The empirical data comprise approximately 15 hours of recordings of user behavior, think-aloud data and interview data. The data indicate that there is still much to be done in this area and that lexicographic innovation is needed. A new type of users, new user situations and new access methods call for new lexicographic solutions, and this article proposes a six-pointed hexagram model, which can be used during dictionary app design to lexicographically calibrate the six dimensions in mobile lexicography.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationElectronic Lexicography in the 21st Century : Linking Lexical Data in the Digital Age. Proceedings of the eLex 2015 Conference
    EditorsIztok Kosem, Miloš Jakubíček, Jelena Kallas, Simon Krek
    Place of PublicationLjubljana
    PublisherTrojina, Institute for Applied Slovene Studies
    Publication date2015
    Article number6
    ISBN (Print)9789619359433
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event4th Biennial Conference on Electronic Lexicography. eLex 2015 - Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, United Kingdom
    Duration: 11 Aug 201513 Aug 2015
    Conference number: 4


    Conference4th Biennial Conference on Electronic Lexicography. eLex 2015
    LocationHerstmonceux Castle
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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    • Mobile lexicography
    • Mobile user situation
    • Mobile data access

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