In Chapter 8, I mentioned that the case study can play an important role among the various methods available to dictionary researchers. A case study, or 'single unit analysis' (SSE, 1999: 7 5), can take many different forms:

1. If it focuses on an 'individual', the subject investigated could be any one of the various protagonists on the dictionary scene mentioned in 3.1 (compiler, user, teacher, dictionary researcher) and 7.3 above (lexicographer, translator, linguist, terminologist).