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date: 03 April 2020

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Dictionaries contain not only linguistic, but also encyclopaedic and cultural information, which can be provided not only as text, but also in the form of illustrations. This chapter gives an overview of different types of illustration and discusses their characteristics. The illustration practice of several printed and electronic dictionaries is reviewed. Different kinds of encylcopaedic and cultural information in dictionaries is also looked at, and some (encylcopaedic) dictionaries are analysed as examples. A special focus is on the use of extensive dictionary corpora for ascertaining cultural and encyclopaedic information. Usage research in relation to illustrations and encyclopaedic/cultural information in dictionaries is also examined.

Keywords: cultural information, encyclopaedic dictionaries, encyclopaedic information, illustrations

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