Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

2019

Published In

Electronic Lexicopgraphy In The 21st Century: Smart Lexicography: Proceedings Of The eLex 2019 Conference

Abstract

Online dictionaries have become a key tool for some indigenous communities to promote and preserve their languages, often in collaboration with linguists. They can provide a pathway for crossing the digital divide and for establishing a first-ever presence on the internet. Many questions around digital lexicography have been explored, although primarily in relation to large and well-resourced languages. Lexical projects on small and under-resourced languages can provide an opportunity to examine these questions from a different perspective and to raise new questions (Mosel, 2011). In this paper, linguists, technical experts, and Zapotec language activists, who have worked together in Mexico and the United States to create a multimedia platform to showcase and preserve lexical, cultural, and environmental knowledge, share their experience and insight in creating trilingual online Talking Dictionaries in several Zapotec languages. These dictionaries sit opposite from big data mining and illustrate the value of dictionary projects based on small corpora, including having the flexibility to make design decisions to maximize community impact and elevate the status of marginalized languages.

Keywords

lexicography, collaboration, endangered languages, Zapotec

Published By

Lexical Computing CZ

Editor(s)

I. Kosem, T. Z. Kuhn, M. Correia, J. P. Ferreira, M. Jansen, I. Pereira, J. Kallas, M. Jakubíček, S. Krek, and C. Tiberius

Conference

eLex 2019

Conference Dates

October 1-3, 2019

Conference Location

Sintra, Portugal

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 License
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Linguistics Commons

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