[asialex] Re: [euralex] Re: [DSNA] RE: End of print dictionaries at Macmillan

  • From: 阿蘭 <volker@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "gillesmaurice.deschryver@xxxxxxxx" <gillesmaurice.deschryver@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2012 06:42:22 -0700

So how will data be available to the communities whose languages we study when 
the communities have no Internet access or even electricity? Papua New Guinea 
may have 800+ languages, but less than 10% of our 7 million people are 
fortunate enough to have reliable electricity. 

This a great move for the First World--it gives them yet one more advantage 
over those whom they colonised in the past and whose natural resources provide 
the stuff First World computers are made of. 

Electronic and online dictionaries are great--I use them daily--but there is 
still a moral responsibility to get the results of research back in the hands 
of communities who have been mined for the data to make linguists' 
dictionaries. Or who aspire to learn an international language to access 
knowledge from abroad. 

Craig Volker
New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

Am 05.11.2012 um 17:03 schrieb "Gilles-Maurice de Schryver" 

> Thanks for this, Dan. I think this is exactly an area where designers now 
> have to be creative: what is good in print needs to be kept for the digital 
> medium, what the digital medium can add should be developed. Right now what 
> we tend to stumble upon in an online environment is advertisements, but this 
> can be changed, and replaced with all sorts of adaptive content rather than 
> targeted ads. All best, Gilles-Maurice.
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> Subject: [euralex] Re: [DSNA] RE: End of print dictionaries at Macmillan
> What a sad day!  When looking up anything in a print dictionary, you 
> generally stumble across all sorts of delightful material you never would 
> have known to look for.  With an electronic dictionary, generally speaking, 
> what you search is what you get, and nothing beyond.
> Dan Pratt
> In a message dated 11/5/2012 6:00:16 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, 
> gillesmaurice.deschryver@xxxxxxxx writes:
> Dear Friends and Colleagues,
> This is Breaking News indeed!
> "Macmillan Dictionaries will no longer appear as physical books. The final
> copies are rolling off the presses at this very moment, and from next year,
> Macmillan Dictionary will be available only online."
> http://www.macmillaneducation.com/MediaArticle.aspx?id=1778
> For the past decade or so, we have all been expecting an announcement like
> this from one of the major dictionary publishers, and I am happy to see that
> the honour goes to Macmillan, a key player in the monolingual learner's
> dictionary market for English. Finally getting rid of the paper constraints,
> and starting to exploit the true power of the digital medium -- and to be
> able to do just that -- is nothing less than a revolution. I predict that
> the other major publishers will now also stop talking about what should be
> done, to simply take the step and do it.
> More info in Michael Rundell's post below.
> Kind regards,
> Gilles-Maurice de Schryver
> President of AFRILEX and author of "Lexicographers' Dreams in the
> Electronic-Dictionary Age" (IJL 16.2, 2003, free access here
> <http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4646/3> )
> From: euralex-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:euralex-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> Behalf Of Anne Dykstra
> Sent: maandag 5 november 2012 10:11
> To: euralex@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [euralex] End of print dictionaries at Macmillan
> Macmillan has announced that, from 2013, it will no longer be publishing
> dictionaries in book form. It will focus instead on its expanding range of
> digital resources. Michael Rundell, Editor-in-Chief of the Macmillan
> dictionary list, sees this as both inevitable and entirely positive. He
> regards the printed book as a very limiting medium, and increasingly out of
> step with the way people look for information in the second decade of the
> 21st century. While printed reference books are out of date as soon they go
> on sale, an online dictionary can be kept fully up to date. More than this,
> the digital medium allows dictionary publishers to provide valuable
> additional resources, like audio pronunciations, interactive games, and a
> thesaurus function. As well as all these, Macmillan has a crowd-sourced
> dictionary (the 'Open Dictionary') fed by users from all over the world, and
> an active blog with four or five new posts every week on language-related
> issues. Michael says he was struck by one of the findings reported at the
> recent Euralex Congress in Gilles-Maurice de Schryver's plenary: his
> analysis of papers in the Euralex archive showed that the word 'look up' had
> declined in frequency and been overtaken by 'search'. This is the world that
> dictionaries belong to now. For more details, see the post on this subject
> in Macmillan's blog: 
> http://www.macmillandictionaryblog.com/bye-print-dictionary.
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