Lexicography (D)

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Lexicography is the craft of making dictionaries. In this help file for SooSL, we are teaching you only the basics of lexicography. We can't teach you the whole craft.

You should plan your dictionary carefully. There are many different types of dictionaries. 

To plan well, we recommend you study other materials to learn how to make a good dictionary. 

Ways to expand and improve your dictionary

Here are some topics you might want to study. They will help you make your dictionary better.

Be careful, though! Each new type of information you decide to add to your entries will be multiplied by the number of signs in your dictionary. In a big dictionary, that can be a lot of work! Before you add a new feature or new type of information, estimate how long it will take you to do it for every sign. It is better to publish a simple dictionary first, so people can start using it. Then add other features later, and publish again.

Things you can study about dictionaries

Here are some materials that we can recommend. Study them to get ideas for your dictionary, to make your dictionary better. They talk about making dictionaries for spoken languages, but most of the ideas apply also to sign languages. The software they describe is different from SooSL, but the principles are the same. Study these materials to figure out what to do. Then come back to this help file to learn how to do it in SooSL.

If you need help applying these ideas to your SooSL dictionary, contact us. We can explain things to you one-on-one. If you want, we can plan a dictionary workshop for your team.



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