Lexicology and Lexicography - 1st semester


Development and improvement of skills in the areas of Lexicology and Lexicography that allow students to realize the function and relevance of the Lexicon within the Grammar, understand the nature and complexity of lexical properties and know the existent theories and models for their representation. In particular, students should be able to:
a) understand the concepts of Lexicology and Lexicography, the relation established between them, their aplication and the theroetical and empirical issues they address;
b) describe/modelize lexical units from Portuguese;
c) acquire, use and evaluate current methodologies for lexicographic edition and for building lexical resources.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Raquel Fonseca Amaro


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Fellbaum, C. (ed.) (1998), WordNet: An Electronic Lexical Database, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press
Geeraerts, D. (2010), Theories of Lexical Semantics, Oxford University Press.
Hanks, P. (2003), Lexicography. In: Mitkov, R. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 48–69.
Klincksieck (Ed.) (2005), Dictionnaires et innovation. Ela. Études de linguistique appliquée 2005/1 (n° 137).
Klincksieck (Ed.) (2015), La dictionnairique. Ela. Études de linguistique appliquée 2015/1 (n° 177).
Peters, Wim, (s.d.), Lexical Resources, NLP group, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield. In http://phobos.cs.unibuc.ro/roric/lex_introduction.html
Pustejovsky, J. (1995), The Generative Lexicon, The MIT Press, MA.
Rey, A. (2008), De l´artisanat des dictionnaires à une science du mot. Images et modéles, Paris, A.Colin.

Teaching method

Theoretical and practical classes and tutorial guidance, with resource to case studies and practical application of the acquired knowledge, including:
i) topic presentation and explanation by the teacher;
ii) discussion and analytic analysis of relevant literature on the addressed topics;
iii) practical application of acquired knowledge in individual and collective essays within specific tasks.

Evaluation method

Continuous evaluation, including the following components: individual and collective essays, with presentation and discussion in class (accounting for 40% of the final grade); and final individual test (accounting for 60% of the final grade).

Subject matter

1. The Lexicon and the nature of lexical knowledge
1.1 Lexical unit and meaning
1.2 Ambiguity, meaning in context and use
2. Theories and models for the representation of the Lexicon
2.1 Structuralist conception of meaning
2.2 Generative semantics
2.3 New decompositional approach
2.3 New relational approach
2.5 Cognitive semantics
3. Contemporary Lexicography and Dictionary building
3.1 Dictionary typology: goals, formats and information
3.2 Internal structure and strategic decisions
3.3 Methodologies for building a dictionary