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The future of lexicography : extrapolating from five decades of trends

(2023)
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This presentation is dedicated to the memory of Sue Atkins, the Grande Dame of lexicography, who passed away in 2021. In a prologue we argue that she must be seen on a par with other visionaries and their visions, such as Paul Dirac in mathematics or Ludwig van Beethoven in music. We proceed to review the last half century, through the eyes of Sue Atkins. In the process, the insights of other luminaries come into the picture, including those of Patrick Hanks, Michael Rundell, Adam Kilgarriff, John Sinclair, and Charles Fillmore. This material is used as a background to start thinking out of the box in terms of the future of dictionaries. In all, about 50 oppositions are presented, in which the past is contrasted with the future, divided into five subsections: (1) the dictionary-making process, (2) supporting tools and concepts, (3) the appearance of the dictionary, (4) facts about the dictionary, and (5) the image of the dictionary. Moving from the future of dictionaries to the future of lexicographers, the argument is made that we need to join forces with the Big Data companies, which, by its nature, brings us to America and thus Americans, including Gregory Grefenstette, Erin McKean, Laurence Urdang, Sidney Landau, and Edward Finegan. In an epilogue, the presentation’s methodology is defined as being ‘a fact-based extrapolation of the future’, and includes good advice from Steve Jobs. During final remarks following the Question & Answer section, a few more words are said about the future-future, being AI-augmented lexicography. [For OpenAI GPT / ChatGPT integration into the dictionary writing system TLex, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEorw0yefAs]
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lexicography, dictionaries, lexicographers, Sue Atkins, future, Big Data, artificial intelligence (AI)

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de Schryver, Gilles-Maurice. The Future of Lexicography : Extrapolating from Five Decades of Trends. 2023.
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G.-M. de Schryver, “The future of lexicography : extrapolating from five decades of trends.” 2023.
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