This paper discusses a project for the creation of a theoretical model for integrated e-dictionaries, illustrated by means of an e-information tool for the presentation and treatment of fixed expressions using Afrikaans as example language. To achieve this a database of fixed expressions is compiled wherein data are treated in such a way that access can be provided through a variety of dictionaries for specific situations, based on specific lexicographic functions, e.g. the cognitive function as well as the communicative functions of text reception and text production. From one database, the user will have access to six monofunctional dictionaries of fixed expressions. Each one of these dictionaries provides a view on selected fields of the database, i.e. a search is carried out on selected fields in the database and only the data in specific fields that are relevant for the specific dictionary are displayed. There are unique user needs that may not necessarily be satisfied by means of these six dictionaries. Individualised search facilities will therefore be provided to enable a user to retrieve data from a single data field or a user-specified selection of data fields. Phase two will provide the option of setting up a user profile, an extension of data fields and linking to external data sources. The result of the project will therefore be a comprehensive database of Afrikaans fixed expressions that may be accessed through six monofunctional dictionaries, as well as individualised search options, user profiling and the possibility to display additional data on demand.
Electronic Lexicography in the 21st Century. New Applications for New Users: Proceedings of Elex 2011, Bled, 10-12 November 2011, 2011, p. 34-42