Lexicography and interdisciplinarity

Authored by: Sandro Nielsen

The Routledge Handbook of Lexicography

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138941601
eBook ISBN: 9781315104942
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One of the trends in many types of activity is the increased cooperation between members of different knowledge domains and subject fields. Academics often refer to such types of cooperation as interdisciplinary work, and this trend may be seen as a wind of change blowing across the landscape of traditional disciplines. Cooperation between disciplines has been with us since ancient times, and Bruun et al. (2005: 22–23) explain that the use of the term interdisciplinarity in its modern sense can be traced back to the 1920s and especially began to gain ground during and after the Second World War, for instance, in physics and engineering. More recently, interdisciplinary activities have spread to many areas such as social sciences, life sciences, environmental studies, literature studies, educational studies, cultural studies and information science, to mention but a few. One result of this trend is that increased interdisciplinary cooperation challenges the hierarchical structure of well-defined disciplines adding to the complexity of activities and subject fields. Several factors indicate that this trend extends to lexicography.

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