example sentences in a dictionary

Dorothee Beermann dorothee.beermann at HF.NTNU.NO
Thu Oct 21 07:51:32 UTC 2010

Dear Laura, Hi all,

I do not know what the best will be in your case, but I
would like to report on our experience with the integration of
annotated examples into a Bono (Abron) dictionary.
(Bono is a dialect of Akan spoken in Ghana).

We combined a Toolbox dictionary and Interlinear glosses edited
in TypeCraft.

The 1500 word dictionary of Akan produced at the University of Ghana
in Legon features example sentences, yet these examples were not annotated,
and  we found them less helpful for learners of Akan and for linguists 
which are the target group of the Legon Akan lexicon.

I have sent you a sample of the dictionary in a separate mail.

If you are interested in the example sentences you might want to look at 
online by going to www.typeCraft.org.

Use one of the browsers listed on the TypeCraft main page. Go to *Text 
search* in the navigation bar on the left of your browser window and 
specify'Abron' as language. The annotator and the author of the Bono 
lexicon is Bright Amoah. He did this work for his master's thesis.


> Hello all,
> I am wondering about formatting example sentences in a dictionary.
> This dictionary is aimed at linguistic audiences (it will be bundled
> with the grammar, and it is written in English, which no Agta people
> speak yet).  In the grammar section, I used - for a morpheme boundary
> and = for a clitic boundary.  So, should the example sentences in the
> dictionary be broken down in the same way?  Or not at all?  Or some
> other way (although I would like to do something that isn't too
> inconsistent with the grammar section)?
> abad
> iabad v. tie something around waist
> Obus pag-man, ni-abad=na i arikawat=na
> OR
> Obus pagman, niabadna i arikawatna.
> 'After chewing betel, he tied his betel nut pack around his waist.'
> This sentence has a very typical amount of morphology.
> Thanks,
> Laura
> --
> Laura C. Robinson
> Postdoctoral Researcher
> Department of Linguistics
> University of Alaska, Fairbanks
> http://go.alaska.edu/lcrobinson

Dr. Dorothee Beermann, assoc. prof.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Dept. of Language and Communication Studies (ISK)

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