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LINGUIST List 20.3376

Tue Oct 06 2009

Books: Lexicography: Blackings

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Acholi-English English-Acholi Dictionary: Blackings

Message 1: Acholi-English English-Acholi Dictionary: Blackings
Date: 05-Oct-2009
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Acholi-English English-Acholi Dictionary: Blackings
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Title: Acholi-English English-Acholi Dictionary
Series Title: Languages of the World/Dictionaries 43
Published: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Mairi Blackings
Paperback: ISBN: 9783929075700 Pages: 200 Price: Europe EURO 68.00

Acholi is a Nilo-Saharan language of the Nilotic stock belonging to the
southern cluster of Lwo languages found in Uganda, Kenya and the Sudan. In
Uganda, the Acholi (800,000 speakers) occupy the northernmost districts of
Gulu, Kitgum, Amuru and Pader while in the Sudan, the Acholi (50,000
speakers), share the southernmost county of Magwi with the Ma'di. The
Acholi language has varying degrees of mutual intelligibility with a number
of languages spoken across four countries; Uganda (Lango, Kumam, Alur, Jo
pa Dhola), in the Sudan (Jur, Pari, Anyua and Chollo), and in Kenya and
Tanzania (Lwo). This dictionary differs from similar earlier projects in a
number of important respects. First, it exploits the full range of the ten
vowels that the language has, rather than restricting itself to the five
commonly used vowels. Secondly, it acknowledges the importance of tone and
utilizes it to aid the process of word identification, discrimination and
distinction. Thirdly, the dictionary provides etymological information on
the sources of borrowed words to excavate the sociopolitical contacts of
the Acholi people. Fourthly, words from the various dialects of Acholi
spoken in both Uganda and the Sudan find equal prominence, reflecting the
author's own background and the strength and depth of the informants.
Fifthly, it is the product of a linguist who has a near native level
command of the language, having spent most of his formative years among the
Acholi of Uganda and more recently living among the Acholi of the Sudan.
Lastly, this dictionary gives both Acholi - English and English - Acholi
versions of lexical items.

An equally important feature of this dictionary is its attempt at
establishing a clear and concise way of pronouncing and writing Acholi
words which should be invaluable to both the native speaker and the foreign
learner of the language. While seeking to establish a standardardised way
of spelling Acholi words, ironically this dictionary does not advocate the
marking of tones, nor the distinction of vowel quality in writing Acholi,
except in specialized projects like dictionaries, as meaning of Acholi
words can often be easily deciphered from the context.

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography

Subject Language(s): Acholi (ach)

Written In: English (eng )

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