chapter  7
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Issues in dictionary research

In Chapter 1, we looked for a 'conceptual map' for lexicography, starting with the dichotomy between practice and theory and the need to place both into a coherent framework that makes sense to (a) the reference professional (the lexicographer as a compiler of dictionaries

and other reference works) and (b) the dictionary researcher (the metalexicographer as a scholar concerned with the principles underlying the production and use of dictionaries and other reference works). Admittedly, this is not an easy task, not only because of the tensions that naturally exist between practitioners and theoreticians, but also because of the ever-widening scope and ever-changing nature of the dictionary scene, especially under the influence of information technology, which may even be presaging a kind of 'reference science' as an overarching discipline.