Is there a Place for Orthographic Dictionaries in the 21st Century?

Salgado, A. (Speaker), Costa, M. R. V. (Speaker), Toma Tasovac (Speaker)

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This paper has three main sections: 1) First, we address the theoretical framework, focusing on orthographic dictionaries. The notions of orthography and normativity are discussed, and we question if there is a place for orthographic dictionaries in this century. 2) Then, we engage in the macrostructural and microstructural analysis of the VOLP-1940 – Vocabulário Ortográfico da Língua Portuguesa [Portuguese Language Vocabulary] (4: 5), published by the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, and explore the main characteristics of this work. 3) We discuss the pertinence of this type of dictionary and its role and place in a digital environment, aiming to preserve the original and historical work, pointing out the added value that these works bring compared to contemporary spellcheckers.
Period18 Jun 2021
Event title11th International Conference on Historical Lexicography and Lexicology (ICHLL11): null
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Orthographic dictionaries
  • Specialised dictionaries
  • VOLP