Whenever lexicographical scholars from five continents are gathered in the same room, there are bound to be divergent opinions about the issues discussed. Nevertheless, the above summary attests to the fact that input from a balanced representation of experts often lead to valuable conclusions and recommendations for theoretical and practical lexicographical work. The gist of the concluding discussion is that lexicography is a general term for a research discipline and a professional activity. Theoretical lexicography has as its objective to develop principles and guidelines that help practitioners to produce lexicographical tools that fulfil the needs of specific types of users in specific types of situations in the real world. Furthermore, the theoretical branch of lexicography has to be measured on the basis of the methods used to achieve the objective, and these methods may be purely lexicographical or belong to or be inspired by methods from other research disciplines, such as linguistics and the social sciences.
Linguistic Insights - Studies in Language and Communication: Dictionaries and Encyclopedias Today, Lexicographical Tools Tomorrow, 2009, p. 355-363
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