A comparison of the first and second editions of the Dictionary of Literary Slovene

  • Simon Krek Institut “Jožef Stefan” Filozofska fakulteta Univerze v Ljubljani
Keywords: the Dictionary of Literary Slovene, the Dictionary of New Words of the Slovenian language, Slovenian Orthography

Abstract

The paper investigates the differences between the first and second editions of the Dictionary of Literary Slovene (SSKJ). The analysis is two-fold: first, a detailed comparison of headword lists of both editions is conducted, followed by the comparison of 2,500 entries from both editions, consisting of a hundred entries for each letter. The analysis shows that the spelling and pronunciation changes to the entries in the second edition were made without the approval of any relevant language authority. Also, the changes introduced are random and inconsistent, and are affecting the consistency of lexicographic description of the first edition, especially on the grammatical level. Furthermore, the editorial decision to make identifying the source of lexicographic information (i.e. the first edition of SSKJ or the Dictionary of New Words of the Slovenian language) impossible, raises doubts about lexicographic credibility of the second edition as a description of contemporary Slovene. From the lexicographic perspective, it would have been more appropriate to leave the first edition unchanged and the Dictionary of New Words of the Slovenian language as a separate publication. In addition, the second edition of SSKJ is not freely available online, and neither of the editions is freely available in the form of a dictionary database for natural language processing and other uses.

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Krek, S. (2014): Prva in druga izdaja SSKJ. Slovenščina 2.0, 2 (2): 114–160.
Published
2014-12-01
How to Cite
KrekS. (2014). A comparison of the first and second editions of the Dictionary of Literary Slovene. Slovenščina 2.0: Empirical, Applied and Interdisciplinary Research, 2(2), 114-160. https://doi.org/10.4312/slo2.0.2014.2.114-160
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