One of the hot topics today is whether lexicography should be seen merely as a “craft”, or as a scientific academic discipline whose theory should be taught in universities, like mainstream linguistics. Can lexicography, which increasingly capitalizes on advances in corpus linguistics, be associated with a new theory of language? Should lexicographers see themselves as craftsmen only, or should they rather be more than ever aware of the relevant theoretical frameworks and principles of lexical semantics? This round table featuring a number of distinguished specialists hailing from the academic and publishing worlds will help us clarify the status of lexicography.


1. Thierry Fontenelle (Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union). 
2. Patrick Hanks (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
3. Rufus Gouws (Stellenbosch University)
4. Robert Ilson (University College London)
5. Tinatin Margalitadze (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University)