Profession lexicographer

Lexicographers write and compile the content for dictionaries. They also determine which new words are common use and should be included in the glossary.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Linguistics

    The scientific study of language and its three aspects, language form, language meaning, and language in context.

  • Spelling

    The rules concerning the way words are spelled.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Practical lexicography

    The science of compiling and editing dictionaries.

  • Grammar

    The set of structural rules governing the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language.

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

Skills

  • Apply grammar and spelling rules

    Apply the rules of spelling and grammar and ensure consistency throughout texts.

  • Create definitions

    Create clear definitions for words and concepts. Make sure they convey the exact meaning of the words.

  • Search databases

    Search for information or people using databases.

  • Consult information sources

    Consult relevant information sources to find inspiration, to educate yourself on certain topics and to acquire background information.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

Optional knowledge and skills

supervise staff translate language concepts search engines typology do historical research supervise work manage budgets project management principles theoretical lexicography identify new words edit dictionary entries consult with editor translate foreign language

Common job titles

  • Language technologist 3
  • Language technologist
  • Language technologist iii
  • Language technologist iii ***ts/sci w/poly required