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Vernacular – English Dictionary

 
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© 2015 Sponsoring Organization®
   
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SIL International®

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This web edition may be cited as:
Compiler's last name, first name. 2015. "Vernacular - English Dictionary." Webonary.org. SIL International. Retrieved <Date of access>, from <full URL>.

Credits & acknowledgements

  We want to thank all those who participated as language experts, typists and editors for this dictionary. The artist for the images is Mr. Octávio Gonçalves Nelly.

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Software

Webonary

The search function of this website was built using Webonary. Webonary gives language groups the ability to put their dictionaries on the web with a minimum of technical help. Each dictionary is built around a search bar, which looks for a word (or part of a word) throughout the dictionary, and returns the most relevant results to the top of the list. Webonary, in turn, is built on top of WordPress.

Fieldworks Language Explorer

The dictionary database was developed in SIL's Fieldworks Language Explorer.

Software

 
Webonary
The search function of this website was built using Webonary Webonary gives language groups the ability to put their dictionaries on the web with a minimum of technical help. Each dictionary is built around a search bar, which looks for a word (or part of a word) throughout the dictionary, and returns the most relevant results to the top of the list. Webonary, in turn, is built on top of WordPress  
Fieldworks Language Explorer
The dictionary database was developed in SIL's Fieldworks Language Explorer

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How to browse the dictionary

  When you click on Browse in the menu, you will see the dictionary in an alphabetical format.

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Browse from Vernacular to Glossing language
This shows the dictionary ordered by the vernacular alphabet letters and allows you to see a whole letter section of the dictionary at a time.
Browse from Glossing language to Vernacular
This shows lists of glossing language words that have definitions in the dictionary. These lists are ordered by the glossing language alphabet letters. You can click on words in the glossing language lists to see the corresponding vernacular words in the dictionary.
Browse by Semantic Domains

Lexique Pro

This shows the dictionary ordered by Semantic Domains (Categories of meaning) and allows you to see all the vernacular words that fall within a particular category. The domains are sorted in a hierarchy or by name on the left of the screen. You can easily expand the hierarchy by clicking on the + signs to find words in an area of meaning.
Links
Some parts of the dictionary displayed are links. If you hover your mouse over a word and it turns into a pointed finger, then you can click on that word and the dictionary will jump to the word you have clicked on.  

How to search the dictionary

  When you click on Search in the menu, you will be able to access the main search function for the dictionary. Here you can enter search terms into the Search box. Clicking the Search button will then search the dictionary for the words that you enter.  
Explanation of search result ordering
  Webonary The search results are weighted so that entries which a person is more likely to be interested in will rise to the top of the search results. For example, if “salt” is found in a headword, that entry will rise to the top. But if “salt” is found in the definition of an entry, it will sink lower in search results. The weighting is as follows:
  1. headwords
  2. complex forms of headwords e.g., compound words, derived forms, phrases, etc.
  3. variant forms of headwords
  4. definitions of headwords
  5. semantic domains, i.e., areas of meanings of headwords
  6. singular or plural forms of headwords
  7. example sentences
If you get too many search results, you can limit your search by using the drop-down boxes for Language, or Part of Speech.  
Searching for partial words
You can search on parts of words. If your search consists of three characters or less the search will not proceed (due to the possibility of getting too many results) and you will receive the message:  

Because of the brevity of your search term, partial search was omitted. Click here to include searching through partial words.

If you actually do want to search on such a brief item, click on the message and your search will proceed.  
Highlighting of search results
When search results are displayed your search term will be highlighted in light blue. This enables you to see at a glance the results that contain your search term.  
Search results are links
When search results are displayed, you will notice that most items are links. If you hover your mouse over a link it will be highlighted with an underline and your mouse pointer will change to a pointed-finger. You can then click on the link. If the link is a:
  • Vernacular or glossing language word, then clicking will display all dictionary entries that contain the word or words that you clicked on.
  • Semantic Domain, then clicking will display all dictionary entries that have the same Semantic Domain category. (See below for Thesaurus searches)
 
Doing Thesaurus searches (Not all dictionaries have this feature)
Sometimes it is useful to find words that are similar in meaning. This is hard to do in a normal printed dictionary. But it is really easy with Webonary. This is because all the words in the Dictionary are categorized into areas of meaning. Linguists call these areas of meaning Semantic Domains. To find words that belong to the same semantic domain do the following:
  • First enter a word as a starting point.
  • Examine the search results for the word you typed. Notice that the the word is listed with one or more semantic domains. These semantic domains are shown like this: (sem. domains: Child)
  • Click on the semantic domain name that you are interested in and Webonary will return all the words in the dictionary that are related to that semantic domain.
   

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Phonology

Below is the link to the Elomwe orthography chart: Elomwe orthography chart

Appendices

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