Published In

Lexikos

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1993

Subjects

Atlantic languages -- Lexicography, Kissi language -- Lexicography, Kissi language -- Ideophone, Kissi language -- Phonology, Language variation

Abstract

This paper presents some of the issues involved in preparing a bilingual dictionary for Kisi, an underdocumented language spoken in West Africa. Because the language possesses little in the way of literacy materials, fundamental issues as to orthography, word division, etc., had to be considered. In addition, no grammar of the language (or its closest congeners) was available and thus basic grammatical analysis had to be performed simultaneously. I briefly consider some of these problems, discussing the use of the lexical data base programs known as LEXWARE. I then focus on the specific problems raised by the expressive word class known to Africanists as ideophones. The conclusion, in the form of advice to future lexicographers of such languages, is that before undertaking such an endeavour, one must seriously assess its feasibility.

Description

Originally appeared in Lexicos, volume 3, 1992. May be found at https://doi.org/10.5788/3-1-1098. Published by Buro van die WAT and the African Association for Lexicography.

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DOI

10.5788/3-1-1098

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/27681

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