5. Working meeting on Internet lexicography

"Dictionary usage research"

Working meeting on Internet lexicography


25.05.2013 bis 26.05.2013


Organizer: Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie, Leiden
Venue: Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie and Leiden University


The scientists of the network for Internet lexicography meet this time in Leiden on the topic of "dictionary usage research".

(funded by the German Research Foundation)

In the field of traditional print lexicography, it has been claimed time and again that a dictionary must be designed for particular user groups and usage situations (Bergenholtz / Nielsen / Tarp 2009, Wiegand 2001), which is reflected for example in the choice of headwords or lexicographical description. In online dictionaries, the issue of the conceptional integration of user orientation arises in a new way: to what extent can users be defined solely by what they are looking up in the dictionary on a specific occasion? How can a non-user-specific lexicographical resource be used to create access which is adaptable to what the user needs to look up at a specific moment (Müller-Spitzer 2008)? What are the limits of this user-independent and function-independent way of developing a dictionary?

In order to be able to answer such questions, research into the use of online dictionaries is essential. Furthermore, the medium offers the possibility of keeping a log of dictionary use by means of log files. The workshop will be used to present a variety of scenarios and studies on the use of online dictionaries, and to test, through specific examples, the feasibility of user-adaptive access to online dictionaries.


Sunday March 24th 2013

17: 30-19: 00 boat trip through the canals (with registration)

19:00 dinner in the restaurant "Grote Beer" (with registration)

Monday March 25, 2013

09: 00-09: 15 arrival

09: 15-09: 30 Welcome and presentation of the Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie (Martin Everaert, INL)

Moderation in the morning: Martin Everaert, INL

09: 30-10: 00 Opportunities and limitations of user studies - Robert Lew (Adam Mickiewicz University)

10: 00-11: 00 Insights into methods of dictionary usage research

  •     Log file analysis (Algemeen Nederlands Woordenboek, Digital Dictionary of the German Language)
  •     Eye Tracking (OWID)
  •     Online questionnaire (elexiko)

11: 00-11: 30 coffee break

11: 30-12: 00 Do dictionary users need dictionaries? - Serge Verlinde (KU Leuven)

12: 00-12: 30 Empirical data on usage contexts or extra-lexicographical situations - Carolin Müller-Spitzer (Institute for the German Language, Mannheim)

12: 30-13: 00 Discussion on the two lectures

13: 00-14: 30 lunch break

Moderation in the afternoon: Frans Heyvaert, INL

14: 30-15: 00 The poverty of Lexicography: Business as usual instead of renovation in the online environment - Sven Tarp (Aarhus Center for Lexicography)

15: 00-15: 30 Duden online: Focus on users - Karin Rautmann, Anja Konopka and Melina Alexa (Duden-Verlag)

15: 30-16: 00 Discussion on the two lectures

16: 00-16: 30 drinks

19:00 Dinner together in the restaurant "de Branderij / Gaanderij"


Tuesday March 26, 2013

09: 00-09: 15 arrival

09: 15-10: 00 keynote speeches

  • What do lexicographers want to know about their dictionary and its users? (What would lexicographers like to know about their dictionary and its users?) - Carolin Müller Spitzer, Mannheim
  • What do dictionary users want to know about the dictionary they are using? (What would dictionary users like to know about a dictionary they use?) - Tanneke Schoonheim, Leiden
  • What influence do the results of dictionary usage research have on the dictionary and the lexicographical process? (What kind of influence does usage research have on the dictionary and the lexicographical process?) - Annette Klosa, Mannheim

10: 00-11: 00

  • Working group I - "Usage research from the lexicographer’s perspective" (Head: Carolin Müller-Spitzer)
  • Working group II - "Dictionary usage research from the user's perspective (Usage research from the user's perspective)" (Head: Tanneke Schoonheim)
  • Working group III - "Consequences of usage research" (Head: Annette Klosa)

11: 00-11: 30 coffee break

11: 30-12: 00 Bundling the results in the working groups / preparing the presentations

12: 00-12: 30 Presentation of the results from the working groups and discussion  (Panel leader: Christian Meyer)

12: 30-14: 00 lunch break

Moderation in the afternoon: Carole Tiberius, INL

14: 00-14: 30 (Provisional title) Online dictionaries: user paths and user behavior - Henrik Lorentzen (Det Danske Sprog- og Litteraturselskab, DSL)

14: 30-15: 00 User-oriented design of electronic dictionaries: Usability testing as a methodological aid - Ulrich Heid (University of Hildesheim) & Rufus Gouws (University of Stellenbosch)

15: 00-15: 30 Discussion on the two lectures and conclusion

15: 30-16: 00 coffee break and farewell

16: 00-18: 00 internal meeting

19:00 Joint dinner in the restaurant "Wining & Dining by Jills"