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The image of the monolingual dictionary across Europe. Results of the European survey of dictionary use and culture

Journal article
Authors Iztok Kosem
Robert Lew
Carolin Müller-Spitzer
Maria Ribeiro Silveira
Sascha Wolfer
Elena Volodina
Ildikó Pilán
Emma Sköldberg
Louise Holmer
Amelie Dorn
Antton Gurrutxaga
Henrik Lorentzen
Jelena Kallas
Andrea Abel
Carole Tiberius
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Published in International Journal of Lexicography
Volume 32
Issue 1
Pages 92–114
ISSN 0950-3846
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Swedish
Pages 92–114
Language en
Keywords EU survey Lexicography Monolingual dictionary use
Subject categories Specific Languages, General Language Studies and Linguistics


The article presents the results of a survey on dictionary use in Europe, focusing on general monolingual dictionaries. The survey is the broadest survey of dictionary use to date, covering close to 10,000 dictionary users (and non-users) in nearly thirty countries. Our survey covers varied user groups, going beyond the students and translators who have tended to dominate such studies thus far. The survey was delivered via an online survey platform, in language versions specific to each target country. It was completed by 9,562 respondents, over 300 respondents per country on average. The survey consisted of the general section, which was translated and presented to all participants, as well as country-specific sections for a subset of 11 countries, which were drafted by collaborators at the national level. The present report covers the general section

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