Lexus is a flexible web-based lexicon tool which can be used on any platform that provides a web browser.

Lexus’s main target group are linguists who are involved in documenting endangered languages but can be used as a lexicographical tool for any other language. Lexus does not enforce any pre-described schema structure to the user, however it supports the creation of lexica with the structure of the proposed ISO LMF standard and promotes the usage of concept names and conventions that are proposed by the ISO data categories.

Another distinct aspect of Lexus is the possibilities it offers for visualizing language. Its support for multimedia allows for local or archived images or movie clips to be attached to different parts of a lexical entry. Its support for customizable views of a lexical entry allows for different ways of styling lexicon for different purposes.

Finally and most importantly Lexus allows shared access to a given lexicon. This feature which is fully adjustable by the creator of a given lexicon through read/write accessibility, paves the way for better collaboration among researchers and facilitates concurrent work on a given language by allowing multiple users access to the lexicon.

Together these features which allow for an online shared-access multimedia encyclopedic lexicon, make Lexus a promising and suitable tool for language documentation projects.

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