PLIN035 Computational Lexicography

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
doc. PhDr. Zdeňka Hladká, Dr. (lecturer)
Mgr. František Kovařík (lecturer)
Mgr. Hana Žižková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Zdeňka Hladká, Dr.
Department of Czech Language – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Bc. Silvie Hulewicz, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of Czech Language – Faculty of Arts
Knowledge of corpus linguistic is required, basic knowledge of XML is recommended.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
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Course objectives
This course provides theoretical and practical information regarding current processes for building dictionaries and lexical databases. The topic is covered from the point of view of a linguist-lexicographer, preparing dictionary entry with the use of computational language materials (building the word list, selecting lexical unit, definition of the headword, grammatical information, word usage in natural context based on corpus evidence, processing context and collocations). The course covers technical issues of dictionary building (designing the edit form, converting data to XML, browsing and editing tools). In a project, students build their own dictionaries using the described tools, data and processes.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able:
- know current trends in lexicography;
- use the right software tools to acquire and create lexicographic data;
- design the appropriate dictionary structure;
- create definitions and dictionary entries.
  • 1. Introduction to computer lexicography.
  • 2. The development of dictionaries over millennia.
  • 3. Micro- and macrostructure of a dictionary.
  • 4. Use of corpora in lexicographic practice. Descriptive and perscriptive dictionaries. Context, collocation, dictionary examples.
  • 5. Word Sense Disambiguation (WSD). Dictionary definition and its alternatives. How to lexify pragmatics.
  • 6. The problem of idioms in a dictionary. Current Czech and foreign dictionaries.
  • 7. Use of XML and other computer languages and formats in dictionary creation.
  • 8. Dictionary Writing Systems. Tools for editing and viewing dictionaries, Lexonomy platform.
  • 9. The future of lexicography.
  • 10. Presentation of projects. Discussion: how to use the discussed tools to create dictionaries of different types?
    required literature
  • Manuál lexikografie. Edited by František Čermák - Renata Blatná. 1. vyd. Jinočany: H & H, 1995, 283 s. ISBN 80-85787-23-7. info
    recommended literature
  • The Oxford guide to practical lexicography. Edited by B. T. S. Atkins - Michael Rundell. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008, xii, 540 p. ISBN 0199277702. info
  • PALA, Karel, Frantisek CERMAK, Vladimir PETKEVIC and Jana KLIMOVA. The Design of Czech Lexical Database. In Proceedings of the Corpora'2001 Conference. Lancaster: Lancaster University, 2001, p. 157-163. CD ROM. info
  • LANDAU, Sidney I. Dictionaries : The art and craft of lexicography. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001, xvi, 477 s. ISBN 0-521-78512-X. info
Teaching methods
Seminars with practical examples, group project.
Assessment methods
Small tests in specified dates. Written test aimed at testing knowledge explained during the seminar. Practical project. Minimum pass level 70 %.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
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