Ordbogseksterne henvisninger – fra belæg til funktioner
External References in Dictionaries – From Attestation to Functions. While there has been
a lot of metalexicographical interest in the use of internal cross references in dictionaries, the use
of references to texts and sources outside the dictionary has been largely ignored. The purpose
of this article is threefold: Firstly to examine the general practice of external references in printed
and Internet dictionaries; secondly to develop the necessary theoretical principles, and finally to
establish a set of guidelines for best practice. It is argued that external references should always
be made according to the planned dictionary functions in order to provide problem-solving
dictionary solutions to specific user problems in either communication or knowledge related user
situations. The proposition defended here is that the selected external references should follow
the same functional orientation as the dictionary articles from which they are derived.
Nordisk Forening for Leksikografi/NSL og forfatterne.