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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds Welcome to week 6, the final week of our course. We hope you’ve enjoyed the activities so far and that you feel you know more about the world of dictionaries. This week we’ll talk about the future of dictionaries and we want to hear from you your thoughts about what the dictionaries of the future will look like. In some respects dictionaries can look like a thing of the past so we want to know from you whether you think this is unavoidable or whether they can adapt to the changing world.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 seconds You will learn about cutting-edge technologies that researchers and lexicographers use and develop to Automate certain tasks, for example, how to find new words or how to find new meanings or how to write dictionary definitions. You will also hear, in an interview, about the different types of contents that can be included in the dictionaries and finally we will wrap up with some questions that we asked you at the beginning to see if your opinions have changed.

Introduction to Week 6

Welcome to the sixth and final week of this course. We hope you have enjoyed the activities so far, and that you feel you now know more about the world of dictionaries.

This week we will share our views on current trends in lexicographic research and practice, and we are keen to hear your thoughts about what the dictionaries of the future will look like.

In some respects, dictionaries may look like a thing of the past, so we want to discuss with you whether this is an unavoidable fact, or whether dictionaries can change to adapt to and make use of the latest technological advances.

We will look into the cutting-edge technologies that can be developed and used to make the work of lexicographers easier and let them concentrate on tasks that only humans can perform. You will learn about different computational resources like WordNet and BabelNet, and how they can be seen as one possible way dictionaries can develop.

You will also learn about what researchers are doing to try and automate the very difficult tasks of finding new words (or neologisms) and new meanings of words to be added to dictionaries as they emerge in the language, as well as the tasks of writing definitions and finding suitable examples of dictionary entries from corpora.

We will hear from Jane Solomon about the type of content that dictionaries might include in the future, in addition to what we would traditionally expect to find.

Finally, we will wrap up the course asking you to answer the questions we asked you in the poll at the beginning of the first week. This is to see whether your opinions have changed as a result of taking this course.

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