The Linguist's Shoebox
Integrated data management and analysis for the field linguist
Researchers need to identify the primary audience for a dictionary.
Many of the decisions in a dictionary project require that the researchers have a clear idea of their primary audience. Trying to serve mixed audiences with mixed purposes can make a dictionary unsatisfying and unusable. Given the reality that few researchers can publish separate dictionaries for separate audiences, a practical approach is to aim primarily at the local audience, but to supplement the dictionary with selected information that is useful and interesting to secondary audiences (e.g., an academic audience). A serious attempt to make a dictionary that will serve the broad needs of the local community often adequately serves other audiences and purposes too. For more information, read section 4.2 in Making Dictionaries.