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Forensic Dictionary Analysis: Principles and Practice

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posted on 09.08.2011, 13:27 by Julie M. Coleman, Sarah Ogilvie
Lexicographers often provide an account of their working practices and policies, and reviewers and researchers generally take this on trust. Forensic dictionary analysis uses evidence-based methodologies to interrogate the dictionaries themselves about decision-making processes involved in their compilation. The version of events that this reveals is sometimes quite different from compilers’ accounts. This paper builds on a variety of approaches in historical dictionary research—statistical, textual, contextual, and qualitative—to present forensic dictionary analysis as a technique that allows researchers to examine and understand the complex relationships between editorial policy and lexicographic practice.

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International Journal of Lexicography, 2009, 22 (1), pp. 1-22.

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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International Journal of Lexicography

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Oxford University Press (OUP)

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0950-3846

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2009

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09/08/2011

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http://ijl.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/1/1

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This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in International Journal of Lexicography following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version International Journal of Lexicography, 2009, 22 (1), pp. 1-22 is available online at: http://ijl.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/1/1

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