chapter  5
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Structural and typological perspectives

The notion of 'structure' has been current for some time, occurring in such phrases as structural lin[!;Uistics, grammatical structure, or poststructuralist literary criticism. The NEW OXFORD DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH (NODE, 1998) provides quite a useful definition of structure: 'the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something

complex', and it relates this so-called core sense to derived senses such as 'syntactic structures', 'structures in society' and 'architectural structures'. In the literature on lexicography, the term has been used in a similar fashion to refer to the manner in which the component parts of a dictionary are related to each other and to the whole.