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The new dictionary of the Academy of Athens is a reality

3,000,000 word-tiles

75,000 entries

103 fields of knowledge

All these compose the 1,819 pages of the new dictionary of the Modern Greek Language

A product of ten years of research, the “User Dictionary of the Modern Greek Language”, as it is entitled, records neologisms of the Greek language, notes the double spelling where it exists, and uses examples from everyday dialogues.

It is noteworthy that for the first time the dictionary of the Academy of Athens includes neologisms, such as “Ebola virus”, “amber alert”, “telemandan”, “air curtain”, “Botox” and “generics”, entries from cooking and confectionery, words with new meanings, but also phrases of slang, such as “kangaroo”, “internet”, “bahalakias” or “bouzoukleri”.

The implementation of the dictionary cost about one million euros, while it will be available for 48 euros.

“The main goals of the dictionary are to highlight the richness and expressive completeness of the modern Greek language, without overshadowing its heritage, as well as to provide all the necessary lexicographic materials for researchers,” the scientist explained during the presentation of the dictionary on Monday. its coordinator, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Athens Christoforos Charalampakis (full CV here ).

The dictionary is based on an electronic database of 120,000 entries , of which 75,000 were included in its pages.

The dictionary includes 10 innovations:

– Compilation of the vocabulary from extensive databases, such as, mainly: National Thesaurus of the Greek Language (ETHEG), InterActive Terminology for Europe (IATE), Google search engine, electronic databases and electronic dictionaries of English, French, German, Italian and Spanish language, individual databases of the Academy of Athens).
– Introduction of double spelling for certain words: egg-egg, building-building, orthopedic-orthopedic.
– Short and essential definitions of the words.
Indication of the scientific name of animals and plants.
– Consolidation of meanings. Distinguishing meaning from use.
– Recording of authentic examples.
– Detailed presentation of the combinations of words: beauty: angelic, unsurpassed, incredible, absolute, incomparable, discreet, dazzling, explosive, impressive, exceptional, exotic, classic, enchanting, unique, artificial. Male, female, external, internal, spiritual, physical, mental.
– Accurate stylistic identification of words and expressions.
– Negotiate stereotypical or idiomatic expressions and fixed lexical synapses on a new basis at the end of each entry. See the entries life, eye.
– List the chronology of appearance of English and French words, as well as stereotypical expressions. This opens new horizons in the history of culture and science. Indicative examples: vitamin