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

Knowledge

  • Practical lexicography

    The science of compiling and editing dictionaries.

  • Linguistics

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

  • 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.

  • Copyright legislation

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

  • Spelling

    The rules concerning the way words are spelled.

  • Grammar

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

Skills

  • Consult information sources

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

  • Create definitions

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

  • Apply grammar and spelling rules

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

  • Follow work schedule

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

  • Search databases

    Search for information or people using databases.

Optional knowledge and skills

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