From online dictionaries to Wikipedia: the World Wide Web presents a domain where words are invented, refined and defined on an immediate and ongoing basis. What is the future of printed dictionaries and professional lexicographers when the world is increasingly turning to online dictionaries created and maintained by the users themselves?
This lecture is a part of the Look it up yourself! A History of the Dictionary series, which celebrates the tercentenary of the birth of Samuel Johnson.
Other lectures in this 'Monday's at One' series include:
Dr Johnson, I presume?
The Meaning of Everything: The history of the Oxford English Dictionary
After 150 Years: The topicality of Roget's Thesaurus