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HD-50978-10Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Start-Up GrantsUniversity of ChicagoDictionnaire Vivant de la Langue Francaise (DVLF): Expanding the French Dictionary6/1/2010 - 8/31/2011$49,581.00Robert Morrissey   University of ChicagoChicagoIL60637-5418USA2010French LanguageDigital Humanities Start-Up GrantsDigital Humanities495810495810

Development and testing of an interactive site for an online dictionary of French that engages users in creation of the dictionary's output.

French dictionaries have been notoriously top-down in their conception and realization; even today they remain the province of a small number of academic and commercial specialists. The goal of the DVLF project is to transform this model through an experimental, interactive, and community-based approach to French lexicography. ARTFL will develop new computational methods to mine the vast digital corpora and abundant social intelligence available online. This development will enable broad public access to an unparalleled set of linguistic tools and resources, both synchronic and diachronic, with the potential to change user interaction with dictionaries significantly and lead to better descriptions of emergent word use. The DVLF will be a dynamic lexicographic search engine both informed by, and in contrast to, extant static reference works; it will offer a more responsive and inclusive vision of how language changes without forgoing the strengths of traditional dictionary compilation.