Will there still be dictionaries in 2020?

author: Adam Kilgarriff, Lexicography MasterClass
published: Dec. 2, 2011,   recorded: November 2011,   views: 2926

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The field of Natural Language Processing continues to make progress in addressing major challenges such as machine translation, multilingual search, word-sense disambiguation, and text remediation. And for some time, dictionary-makers have been exploiting the fruits of NLP research. As this collaboration continues, opportunities arise for developing various applications and tools which, collectively, perform the same functions as ‘the dictionary’. The e-lexicography conference series is premised on the idea that print-based dictionaries will largely disappear, as content migrates to digital media. But what sort of future does the dictionary have in any medium – is the e-dictionary just another step on the way to extinction, or will older modes persist alongside new types of resource?

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