Will there still be dictionaries in 2020?

moderator: Simon Krek, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Jožef Stefan Institute
author: Adam Kilgarriff, Lexicography MasterClass
author: Carole Tiberius, Information Technology Research Institute, University of Brighton
author: Erin McKean, Wordnik
author: Magali Paquot, Institut Langage et Communication, Université catholique de Louvain
author: Michael Rundell, Lexicography MasterClass
author: Piek Vossen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
published: Dec. 2, 2011,   recorded: November 2011,   views: 2982

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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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