ELL: RE: Dictionary Making software

Nicholas Thieberger n.thieberger at LINGUISTICS.UNIMELB.EDU.AU
Sat Mar 3 23:36:20 UTC 2001

Excel is easy, but you get out what you put in. If you want a
comparative wordlist it is fine. If you want dictionary entries, with
different senses, examples, semantic fields etc, then you should use
Shoebox from SIL.

A database will work, but only for flat entries, those that have no
subentries or senses distinguished.

There are web sites about lexicography and dictionary software which
you can find on the web.

Nick Thieberger

>?A really easy solution is Excel. You can alphabetize with the Sort function
>to print out three dictionaries. For that matter, Word does also, though it
>is easier to work with Excel for glossaries. My largest glossary has been
>about 2000 words.
>Benjamin Barrett
>gogaku at ix.netcom.com
>>  -----Original Message-----
>>  From: owner-endangered-languages-l at carmen.murdoch.edu.au
>>  [mailto:owner-endangered-languages-l at carmen.murdoch.edu.au]On Behalf Of
>>  martin paviour-smith
>>  Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2001 9:31 PM
>>  Dear Listers
>>  Can anyone recommend some dictionary making software? I am
>>  working with an
>>  Austronesian language, and the community has requested a trilingual
>>  dictionary, so I am going to need to keep track of things pretty tightly.
>>  Any ideas/recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
>>  Thanks in advance
>  > martin Paviour-Smith

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