Moving Lexicographical Mountains for the Community: A Comparison of Print and Online Resources of Mountaineering English

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The specialised community of (Anglophone) mountaineers began producing their own systematic lexicographical output in the second half of the 19th century. Since then, digitalisation has led to more and more online resources of ‘Mountaineering English’ (MountE) being created. In this contribution, a major print dictionary by Samet (2011) is compared to four online resources of MountE in terms of their micro-structure and their macro-structure. The study shows that, with few exceptions, the online resources make little use of digital affordances; the print dictionary is the most comprehensive and the most complex in almost all aspects. However, there are important differences between all five resources as far as their micro- and macro-structures are concerned. Overall, the paper highlights that, while the lexicographical efforts of the community are laudable, more work needs to be done.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-49
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Lexicography
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2024

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Scopus 85186469221



  • Lexicography, Register, Sociolinguistics, Community of Practice, glossary, lexicography, macro-structure, micro-structure, Mountaineering English, online resource, paper dictionary, specialised register, terminography, terminology