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date: 20 January 2020

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Lately, corpus-based dictionaries have become the norm in lexicography. The introduction of corpora and corpus tools has had a significant impact on the work of lexicographers. This chapter presents the functionality of corpus tools from the lexicographer's perspective, i.e. focusing on the functions that are most often used in dictionary making. First, the procedures and decisions before the analysis are discussed, as they influence how the data are or can be analysed. Then, an overview of different functions of corpus tools is given, from basic to advanced functions, as well as the functions that have been devised specifically for lexicographical purposes. Recent developments such as automation of certain processes are also presented. Finally, the conclusion offers a few caveats about the use of corpus tools, and provides some thoughts on future developments in corpus tools and their potential impact on the role of lexicographers in the dictionary-making process.

Keywords: corpus analysis, corpus tools, concordance, collocation, automation, word sketch, GDEX, keywords, dictionary, dictionary-writing system

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