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Revolutionizing bantu lexicography: a Zulu case study

Gilles-Maurice de Schryver UGent (2010) LEXIKOS. 20. p.161-201
abstract
Zulu uses a conjunctive writing system, that is, a system whereby relatively short linguistic words are joined together to form long orthographic words with complex morphological structures. This has led to the so-called 'stem tradition in dictionary making for Zulu, as well as for most other Bantu languages. Given this lemmatization approach has been found to be inadequate for young learners (who fail to isolate stems), the development of a new approach was imperative for them, but until recently deemed impossible to implement. In this paper it is argued that it is now perfectly possible to reverse the unproductive trend, and to opt for the lemmatization of full words for all but one of the word classes in Bantu. This revolution is made possible thanks to the recent availability of relatively large corpora, with which the really frequent citation options may be pinpointed. Rather than a mission statement, this paper offers the result for all word classes. To do so, an actual guide to the use of a Zulu dictionary is re-represented and annotated.
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subject
keyword
RESTATEMENT, DICTIONARY, VERB CONJUGATION, CORPUS, USER-FRIENDLY, STEM VS. WORD LEMMATIZATION, WORD CLASSES, MINI-GRAMMAR, USAGE GUIDE, BANTU, ZULU
journal title
LEXIKOS
Lexikos
volume
20
pages
161 - 201
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000284865400011
JCR category
LINGUISTICS
JCR impact factor
0.607 (2010)
JCR rank
66/141 (2010)
JCR quartile
2 (2010)
ISSN
1684-4904
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1140356
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1140356
date created
2011-02-06 14:33:52
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:43:53
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  abstract     = {Zulu uses a conjunctive writing system, that is, a system whereby relatively short linguistic words are joined together to form long orthographic words with complex morphological structures. This has led to the so-called 'stem tradition in dictionary making for Zulu, as well as for most other Bantu languages. Given this lemmatization approach has been found to be inadequate for young learners (who fail to isolate stems), the development of a new approach was imperative for them, but until recently deemed impossible to implement. In this paper it is argued that it is now perfectly possible to reverse the unproductive trend, and to opt for the lemmatization of full words for all but one of the word classes in Bantu. This revolution is made possible thanks to the recent availability of relatively large corpora, with which the really frequent citation options may be pinpointed. Rather than a mission statement, this paper offers the result for all word classes. To do so, an actual guide to the use of a Zulu dictionary is re-represented and annotated.},
  author       = {de Schryver, Gilles-Maurice},
  issn         = {1684-4904},
  journal      = {LEXIKOS},
  keyword      = {RESTATEMENT,DICTIONARY,VERB CONJUGATION,CORPUS,USER-FRIENDLY,STEM VS. WORD LEMMATIZATION,WORD CLASSES,MINI-GRAMMAR,USAGE GUIDE,BANTU,ZULU},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {161--201},
  title        = {Revolutionizing bantu lexicography: a Zulu case study},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
de Schryver, Gilles-Maurice. 2010. “Revolutionizing Bantu Lexicography: a Zulu Case Study.” Lexikos 20: 161–201.
APA
de Schryver, G.-M. (2010). Revolutionizing bantu lexicography: a Zulu case study. LEXIKOS, 20, 161–201.
Vancouver
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de Schryver G-M. Revolutionizing bantu lexicography: a Zulu case study. LEXIKOS. 2010;20:161–201.
MLA
de Schryver, Gilles-Maurice. “Revolutionizing Bantu Lexicography: a Zulu Case Study.” LEXIKOS 20 (2010): 161–201. Print.