Applying terminological methods to lexicographic work: terms and their domains

Ana Salgado, Rute Costa, Toma Tasovac

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Applying terminological methods to lexicography helps lexicographers deal with the terms occurring in general language dictionaries, especially when it comes to writing the definitions of concepts belonging to special fields. In the context of the lexicographic work of the Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa, an updated digital version of the last Academia das Ciências de Lisboa’ dictionary published in 2001, we have assumed that terminology – in its dual dimension, both linguistic and conceptual – and lexicography are complementary in their methodological approaches. Both disciplines deal with lexical items, which can be lexical units or terms. In this paper, we apply terminological methods to improve the treatment of terms in general language dictionaries and to write definitions as a form of achieving more precision and accuracy, and also to specify the domains to which they belong. Additionally, we highlight the consistent modelling of lexicographic components, namely the hierarchy of domain labels, as they are term identification markers instead of a flat list of domains. The need to create and make available structured, organised and interoperable lexicographic resources has led us to follow a path in which the application of standards and best practices of treating and representing specialised lexicographic content are fundamental requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDictionaries and Society
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the XX EURALEX International Congress
EditorsAnnette Klosa-Kückelhaus, Stefan Engelberg, Christine Möhrs, Petra Storjohann
Place of PublicationMannheim
PublisherIDS-Verlag ·
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-937241-87-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022
EventXX EURALEX International Congress: Dictionaries and Society - Leibniz Institute for the German Language, Mannheim, Germany
Duration: 12 Jul 202216 Jul 2022


ConferenceXX EURALEX International Congress
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  • Definition
  • Domain label
  • General language dictionary
  • Lexicography
  • Term
  • Terminology


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