Impact and audience of an online dictionary of the emerging language in social media

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https://doi.org/10.31637/epsir-2024-302

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electronic dictionaries, digital lexicography, online dissemination, search engines, international audience, digital communication, neologisms, differential lexicography

Abstract

Introduction: Beyond the difficulty in producing a dictionary with novel and valuable content that attracts users, disseminating it online is a challenge in itself. This article shows the issues and achievements in the construction and online dissemination of ERES | Diccionario del Español Especializado en Redes Sociales. Methodology: Through a differential approach, including terms that are not contained in general dictionaries, ERES targets words in various disciplines, as well as words often labeled as colloquial, slang or vulgar. The dictionary has its own website, hosted in a dedicated server and domain, with desktop and mobile interfaces. Results: Currently, the dictionary has 821 entries, 1.082 senses, and 1.368 examples. The website gets users from all Spanish-speaking countries and other countries with numerous speakers of Spanish as an L1 or L2. Conclusions: Despite of its diverse, international audience – the US is the second country with the most users – positioning the dictionary is search engines remains a challenge that has to be constantly addressed.

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Author Biography

Antonio Rico Sulayes, Universidad de las Américas Puebla

Antonio Rico Sulayes holds a PhD in Computational Linguistics from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He has taught linguistics and computation in Mexico, Colombia and the United States. He has also worked as a computational linguist for institutions such as the World Health Organization and for several Pentagon contractors. He is the author of more than 40 articles and 3 research books. He has lectured in a dozen countries and is a founding member of the Mexican Association of Natural Language Processing. He is currently a full-time research professor at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico. His research focuses on language technologies, forensic linguistics and lexical studies.

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Published

2024-07-03

How to Cite

Rico Sulayes, A. (2024). Impact and audience of an online dictionary of the emerging language in social media. European Public & Social Innovation Review, 9, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.31637/epsir-2024-302

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