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date: 19 January 2020

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This chapter introduces the reader to specialized dictionaries, and gives an overview of some of the theoretical problems and discusses various macro- and microstructural aspects of such dictionaries. The discussion also includes the treatment of scientific and technical terms in general dictionaries, in order to highlight the differences between general and scientific dictionaries. Topics discussed include: types of specialized dictionaries and their users; lexicography and terminography; defining the concept of a scientific or technical term; inclusion and selection; defining and labelling, and the particular challenges posed by bilingual and multilingual specialized dictionaries.

Keywords: scientific dictionaries, technical dictionaries, specialized dictionaries, lexicography and terminography, scientific or technical terms, inclusion and selection, defining and labelling, bilingual specialized dictionaries, multilingual specialized diction

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