Revolutionize the dictionary-building process
Sketch Engine offers tools to significantly speed up the process of dictionary building while making it more accurate, efficient, complete and consistent. Sketch Engine’s suite of lexicographic tools is designed for lexicographers striving to conform to modern standards. Sketch Engine focusses lexicographers on what is typical in a language while assuring that any new usage will be brought to their attention as soon as it starts entering common use.
Although any Sketch Engine feature has its use in lexicography, here is a summary of the key tools each lexicographer should be familiar with:
The existence of a suitable corpus is a prerequisite for any serious lexicographic work. Sketch Engine already comes with hundreds of corpora but also offers all the tools needed to build a text corpus. The user can create a corpus from their own materials, have Sketch Engine download suitable texts from the web or combine both methods.
Sketch Engine strives to develop highly usable tools to respond to lexicographers’ needs.
Headword list development — word list
In the past, the most reliable way of developing a headword list was by copying it from an existing dictionary. This meant that neologisms took a long time to enter a dictionary and words gone out of use stayed in dictionaries much longer than was desirable because gathering sufficient evidence to justify their inclusion or removal was a long process.
Sketch Engine’s word list feature can generate a list of headwords or even word forms including any neologisms directly supported by evidence of the extent of use.