[Lexicog] English-Vernacular dictionaries?
david_frank at SIL.ORG
Tue Feb 7 21:29:42 UTC 2006
In reference to copyright issues on dictionaries, Andrew Dalby has saved me
from saying some of the things I was going to say, but I will add that you
can find a list of 'Basic Vocabulary of Mexican Rural Spanish' as Supplement
C of Bilingual Dictionaries for Indigenous Languages by Bartholomew and
Schoenhals, 1983. It might help some, though that work directed more at a
Latin American context.
One idea is to collect a corpus of English texts in the Philippines, or
wherever you want to compile an English-vernacular dictionary, and use that
to generate a word list to use as a foundation. English isn't monolithic,
and what you would consider a core English vocabulary could vary from place
to place. I would add to this the English index generated by a vernacular
word list. That wouldn't be so hit-or-miss, since it would help provide a
way of expressing the concepts in English that are already of concern to the
vernacular language speakers.
I agree that it would be good if there were a public-domain list of basic
vocabulary for a dictionary.
-- David Frank
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