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Book: The Five-Minute Linguist

Chapter: 62. How are Dictionaries Made?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38184


Modern dictionaries are built by teams of talented people relying on evidence found in huge collections of written and spoken language. Traditional dictionaries rely more on editors and online dictionaries more on crowdsourcing and machine learning, but both have the same goal: to describe what words mean and how they are used.

Chapter Contributors

  • Erin McKean ( - emckean) 'Wordnik'